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"I Walk With People to the Gates of Heaven to Drop Off Their Loved One"

by UPMC Susquehanna

Ed Siddle, chaplain, UPMC Wellsboro, talks about his impact on patients and their families.
Joined UPMC: March 2018

What made you choose the career you are in?

  • The answer to this question in one word is God. What God has brought me through, showed me, and used me to do, has led me to this calling. I walk with people to the gates of heaven to drop off their loved one. 

Did you plan to work in a health care field? If yes, why did you choose health care? Why did you choose UPMC? If no, what made you choose health care? What made you choose UPMC?

  • Yes, I always had an interest in the medical field. The medical team goes hand in hand with the grief process and the end of life care that is needed for patients. Being a chaplain at UPMC combines my interests and my training. My wife, a nurse at UPMC, shared with me a job posting for a Hospice Chaplain in Tioga County. I applied and a few weeks later I knew I was working where God wanted me to be. 

What is your educational background/experience?

  • After being in the Air Force for 20 years, I attended Bible College, received my Masters in Christian Counseling and spent years in the mission field. 

What has been your greatest accomplishment, or something you are most proud of?

  • I was wise enough to ask my wife to marry me. We will be celebrating our 20-year anniversary in August.

If you could give one piece of advice to students interested in a career field similar to yours, what would it be?

  • I would give two pieces of advice:
    • Truly get in touch and know the heart of God.
    • Truly get in touch and know your own heart. This will lead you to know the heart of the people.
Ed