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A Story from our Grief & Loss Services: Mike Albert

It was a call no one wants to receive: just before Christmas, EveryStep Grief & Loss Services bereavement and spiritual care counselor Mike Albert learned that a patient he had been seeing for nearly eight months had accidentally set himself on fire. The man was being transported to the burn center at the University of Iowa. Albert, who was traveling to Iowa City at the time to spend the holidays with family, called his team director to ensure it was okay for him to visit the man at the hospital. Albert's face was just the one the patient's wife needed to see, as the woman collapsed into his arms. Throughout the night Albert kept watch over the patient, praying and talking as he rested in the hospital bed. He was even present when the man passed away.