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In this episode … we continue with the tender and complex topic of death. Sarah Lagergren (laity) is in conversation with us about what it is like to be a young adult, pediatric cardiac advanced practice registered nurse, a mom, and spouse, how she holds the tension of healing and heartbreak, how she copes with letting go and grieving and allowing tears and laughter to be part of the journey.

If this is a topic that is too tender for you, we encourage you first and foremost to care for your well-being. Please skip this episode and the next one on the podcast and know that it is okay, please tune into the ones that follow. Your health and wholeness are the most important thing.

About Our Guests

Sarah Lagergren is wife to Blain Lagergren and proud mother to George, 8, and Freya, 5. She was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri – daughter of Jeff and Connie Burr, and sister to Adriane (Burr) Arnold. She attended William Jewell College and was part of the Oxbridge Honors Program, graduating initially in 2005 with her degree in History, and a minor in Chemistry. After working for the State Department’s International Visitors Center here in KC briefly, and then as an analytical chemist at a generic pharmaceutical company, she decided to go back to William Jewell to obtain her bachelor’s degree in nursing in the accelerated program. In 2007, she was hired as a registered nurse at a local pediatric hospital and still is employed at the same institution.

In 2013, she graduated from the University of Missouri with her master’s degree in nursing as an Acute Care Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and began to work as a pediatric cardiac advanced practice registered nurse (APRN). In 2019, she received her doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  She continues to work as an APRN within inpatient pediatric cardiology and is the manager of the APRNs within this area.

In her free time, she enjoys being with her family and friends cooking or eating great food, the outdoors, and going on travel adventures. She wishes she had more time for quiet reflection, meditation/yoga, and physical activity.

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Our Hosts

David Kendrick Profile

The Rev. David Kendrick

All Things Episcopal Co host the Rev. Collin Larimore

The Rev. Colin Larimore

All Things Episcopal Co host Clare Stern Burbano

Clare Stern-Burbano

The Rev. David Kendrick — St John’s Episcopal Church, Springfield, the Rev. Collin Larimore — Grace Episcopal Church, Carthage, and Clare Stern-Burbano — Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral, Kansas City hosts sessions that include conversations, interviews, and even an occasional sermon.

Our Podcasts

We want to introduce the Episcopal Church from multiple perspectives and with different voices, utilizing social media to find out what questions students may have about who we are and what we do. Guest speakers, including college students from around our diocese, are already being scheduled for future sessions.

We do not currently have a physical presence on college campuses in our diocese, but we think podcasting offers a great opportunity to meet young adults where they are and share our faith in a way that is personal, comfortable, and always accessible. We hope that these sessions will be a bridge to connect college students with local parishes and with other young adults.

For more information and to suggest a topic or pose a question, please visit the College and Young Adult webpage. Look for All Things … Episcopal wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts!

Deacon Alisa Carmichael currently serves as Chair of the Campus Ministry Commission in the Diocese of West Missouri. She assisted with an Episcopal campus ministry at the University of South Florida in Tampa prior to moving with her husband John to their current home in Kansas City. She is the organist at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lee’s Summit.

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