The spiritual needs of patients and families and the process of grieving are intimately tied together. Hospice of the Chesapeake meets individuals where they are on their unique spiritual journeys.
Our chaplains are trained and experienced spiritual care providers who serve by providing a caring, compassionate ministry of presence to patients and their loved ones. Our chaplains are trained to:
• Provide spiritual support wherever the patient calls home – a home, nursing home, assisted living facility or at one of our hospice houses.
• Listen to the spiritual needs and concerns of patients and families without judgment.
• Help patients and families regardless of culture, faith or religion.
• Help patients and their families express and address spiritual, emotional, religious and cultural needs.
Chaplains journey with patients and families serving as a supportive witness to their sacred journeys in times of transition by assessing and offering appropriate spiritual support such as:
• Providing a caring and compassionate presence.
• Provide spiritual counsel/guidance.
• Provide prayer with patient/family.
• Read scripture.
• Read sacred texts, poetry and other literature important to the patient/family.
• Provide support through Music (singing together or recorded music valued by patient.)
• Provide Sacraments consistent with the patient's and family's faith tradition.
• Facilitate requests to coordinate care with the patient's clergy or community clergy regardless of faith tradition.
• Coordinate requests for other spiritual practices important to the patient and family.
Chaplains arrange for the provision of alternative healing modalities which provide comfort and support in moments of need; these modalities include:
• Healing Touch
Chaplains promote spiritual wellbeing by identifying and addressing symptoms of spiritual distress:
• Verbal questioning of the meaning of life and purpose of illness.
• Verbal questioning of one's own belief system.
• Withdrawal from, or loss of, relationships.
• Expressions of anxiety, anger, fear and/or depression.
A crucial function of the non-denominational ministry of support and presence offered by our chaplains is to provide a compassionate listening presence, as well as: providing appropriate spiritual resources; consistent support; and comfort care that creates sacred space for patients their families and loved ones, to aid in their expression of spirituality over the course of the care process as they explore meaning and understanding through their beliefs, faith, and values.