Get Up Nation! My name is Ben Biddick, the Creator and Host of the Get Up Nation® Podcast and Co-Author of Get Up: The Art of Perseverance with former Major League Baseball player Adam Greenberg. Recently I had the honor and privilege of speaking with Dr. John Eric Baugher, the author of Contemplative Caregiving: Finding Healing, Compassion, and Spiritual Growth Through End-of-Life Care. John has been a contemplative educator, social science researcher, and end-of-life caregiver for more than two decades. Dr. Baugher consults and offers workshops internationally on spiritual care, grief, and transformation, and contemplative learning.
John’s website is www.johnericbaugher.com. There you will see 2 quotes. One from Thupten Jinpa, the Principal Translator of the Dalai Lama that reads “Our families, hospitals, prisons, and whole society can benefit from the vision of compassion offered by John Baugher.” The second quote reads “Baugher pioneers for us the very outer frontiers of human empathy” from Arlie Hochschild, a finalist for the National Book Award. Dr. Baugher’s mission is to “support those who suffer and those who care with teachings on the practice of compassionate caregiving. His vision is to create “a world where compassion for all is the foundation of human culture and social systems.” I feel very honored to be speaking with John today and to learn his insights and perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and societies can develop and sustain resilience as we are confronted with the reality of death and seek to ease suffering during our experience of life.