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Dying at the MarginsReflections on Justice and Healing for Inner-City Poor$
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David Wendell Moller

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199760145

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199760145.001.0001

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Mr. and Mrs. WheelerLife on the Brink

Mr. and Mrs. WheelerLife on the Brink

7 Mr. and Mrs. WheelerLife on the Brink
Dying at the Margins

David Wendell Moller

Oxford University Press

In this narrative, we witness many of the decisions that play out in illness and death. Lucille Angel never understood why the husband she adored lay dead in the cemetery while “low-lifes” ran the streets in front of her house, nor why she was dying at such a relatively young age. In response, she became angry at God and wondered if she was being punished. She was angry at her doctors, who she felt communicated poorly about her treatment and what she could expect. Her faith in God ultimately withstood the test of her sufferings, and her daughters’ love and caregiving never wavered. It is likely that her thoughts were like the statement that appears in the telling of her story—Everything happens for a reason.

Keywords:   primary care perspective, chaplaincy perspective, palliative care perspective, potential role of hospice, faith, spirituality, inner-city poverty, family, domestic violence

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