Red Cross Chaplain, cythia Olson, packs her bags before catching a flight to New Jersey, a small angel pin on her shoulder. She wears one every day. For the next two weeks she will provide emotional and spiritual support to the loved ones of those killed in hurricane Sandy. More than 110 deaths have been confirmed. She doesn’t know where she will be sleeping but knows she will see tears and that she will softly speak the words “Angels be with me,” as she faces the disaster.
Olson is a full-time hospice worker who “can manage well in the face of death,” she says. Most people just need to talk through their loss and have someone to listen. “It’s a work of the heart,” she says. “It’s actually standing in awe of the other an dhow they cope, how they journey, how they live their life in community with one another.”