At Good Shepherd Hospice the chaplains are here to meet the spiritual needs of all hospice patients whatever their faith or belief system. Personal and spiritual growth continue throughout one's lifetime, especially when a person is faced with a terminal prognosis. Along with the other members of the hospice team, chaplains assist patients and their families through this transition and life experience with a focus on a quality of life that is comforting and hopeful.
The importance of spiritual care differs from person to person. Some people may find solace in the rituals and traditions of organized religion; others may need to evaluate the meaning of their life and relationships or come to terms with important issues.
Good Shepherd Hospice chaplains offer spiritual and emotional support, addressing such patient issues as meaning, identity, sadness, loss, helplessness, worth, faith questions, and end of life concerns. Chaplains also offer support to family members. When requested, chaplains will arrange contact with the patient’s clergy member or faith community.
Pastoral Care Services Include
- Spiritual support for all patients, family members and caregivers
- Support to all denominations and faiths
- Addressing the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people at the end of life.
- Offering counsel, prayer and ethical exploration
- Arrange receiving of sacraments such as Reconciliation, Eucharist and Anointing of the Sick
- Assisting in planning a memorial service/funeral
- Speaking at a memorial service/funeral
Good Shepherd Hospice chaplains come from many religious and ethnic traditions. Our focus is simple - to meet the spiritual needs of you and your loved ones.