Hiltrude writes from the heart and shares her experience working as a board certified chaplain in Hospice, Trauma I Hospital and currently Acute Care Hospital. She graduated in 1994 from Katholieke Universiteit,TeLeuven, Belgium with a BA and MA in Religious Studies. After graduation she moved back to the United States and continued her studies with two residencies, six semesters of Clinical Pastoral Education and became a board certified chaplain. In her ministry she became aware that sick and dying patients needed an opportunity to unburden themselves. Having started as a laywoman she continued her studies and was ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. In addition, she received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN.