Pastoral Care-An Important Component of Hospice

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Pastoral Care Week (October 17-21) gives opportunities for organizations and institutions of all kinds to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which the caregivers provide. We here at CompassionCare Hospice would like to recognize and thank our chaplains for all they do for our patients and families.

This year’s theme for the week is Spiritual Resilience, one’s ability to navigate through, or recover from, life’s most challenging moments. Spiritual Resilience finds its roots in one’s sense of spirituality and related practices, religions or beliefs, values and outlook. It also represents the individual’s ability to gain, maintain or revise a sense of purpose and meaning, relationships, connections to the sacred, nature and understanding of themselves and the world around them according to the Association of Professional Chaplains.

Hospice Chaplains offer spiritual support for patients and families regardless of faith traditions or beliefs. Our goal is to provide comfort, tranquility and peace for the patients, families and loved ones. Hospice offers sensitivity, understanding, and deep respect for the individual’s rituals, beliefs, and customs. When a patient enters hospice, they need more than just physical relief from symptoms or pain; they need emotional relief, too. A range of emotions and worries follow with any life-limiting illness, and can affect those around us as well. Hospice can provide emotional and spiritual support to help ease these things, not just of the body, but of the heart, mind, and soul-the whole person.

When patients and families are supported in their relationship with spirituality (in whatever form) they are better able to access their own sources of inner strength and peace so that they may face end of life with dignity, respect and acceptance. Hospice services also provides grief and bereavement counselors and support staff for families and loved ones. These hospice professionals are there to listen, lend support, and help address end-of-life questions and concerns you or your family have.

To learn more about hospice services call us today at 702-636-0200