My name is william james schafer and i have recently retired after serving in rural hospital setting for almost twenty years. i have association with patients and their families in the dying process and currently taking about a six months break from all ministry so as to reflect, pray and discern next opportunities. my wife of 29 years and i are downsizing, relocating from rural to suburban and she will be finding new employment. so… alot of changes; some real healthy, some challenging, and others redeeming. my interest in this seminar is manifold; staying current, expanding horizons, and perhaps expand my understanding/applications of ministry in the palliative world.