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Featured Sister in Ministry: Sr. Annamarie Therese Colapietro

Sister Annamarie Therese Colapietro works with patients and families in San Francisco and San Mateo Counties as a Spiritual Care Counselor for Pathways Hospice. As a Spiritual Care Counselor, she is a companion, and sometimes guide, along one's journey through the final phase of life. She is there for her patients’ needs; allowing them to set the agenda. Sister Annamarie Therese visits her patients regularly, with an empathetic ear to the myriad thoughts and feelings that accompany their life-limiting illnesses.

Often, that involves identifying relationships that are important to her dying patients and helping them, and their family members, achieve a peaceful closure. Sr. Annamarie Therese provides comfort through the grieving process and facilitates meetings with pastors, priests or rabbis. Sometimes she is asked to assist with rituals for letting go, or to help plan funerals.

Sister Annamarie Therese feels “privileged and blessed to be a part of God’s compassion and care for the dying, and for those who mourn”. She believes that in being part of Pathways Hospice, she has found a very special ministry.

The word hospice originally referred to a place of shelter or lodging for travelers, pilgrims, or the destitute, usually maintained by a monastic order. Today, the term refers to a specific type of care, designed to alleviate pain and give comfort to people in the final phase of a terminal illness so that they can live each day as fully as possible.

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