The Spiritual Care Task Force groups: research, implementation, and education work to ensure that spirituality and spiritual care remain at the front of people’s minds and at the heart of palliative care provision. For some, working in small teams or alone, awareness of education resources can be difficult.
Issue 82, August 2013
Holly Fights Cancer One Mile at a Time
Enthusiasm and Shared Learning Mark the Second Gathering of the New Chaplaincy Research Collaborative
HealthCare Chaplaincy’s Director of Clinical Pastoral Education Moves West
The Cross Section of Medicine and Spirituality — An All-day Conference for Clergy/Chaplains
Significance of results: Spirituality plays a central role in the cancer experience of this underserved ethnically-diverse population. While spirituality seems to be a universal concern in advanced cancer patients, the meaning of spirituality differs across individuals, with some equating it with organized religion and others taking a more individualized approach. It is important that psychosocial interventions are developed to address this concern. Future research is needed to further explore the different ways that patients conceptualize spirituality and to develop spiritually-based treatments that are not “one size fits all.”
via Cambridge Journals Online – Palliative & Supportive Care – Abstract – Do spiritual patients want spiritual interventions?: A qualitative exploration of underserved cancer patients’ perspectives on religion and spirituality.
I feel privileged to work with our 13 chaplains, as they truly understand and communicate what it means to be present, whether it is at a Waffle House or wherever you call home.
Hospice’s professional roles in end-of-life care can be widely misunderstood by physicians, patients, and family members as well as others who do not work directly with them. The role of the spiritual counselor may be the most misunderstood due to the nature of this professional title. Hospice care at the end of life is holistic in that it is important to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the patient and their family. In order to provide the most complete and beneficial end-of-life care, it is important to understand the complexity and the importance of the role of the spiritual counselor.
The hospice chaplain is specially trained in supporting people as they look at the spiritual aspect of their lives. The hospice chaplain can also provide connection for the patient/family clergy or denomination of choice.
– Soul in the Hospital
– Sacred Dying
– Urban Legends of Aging: 4% Fallacy
– Caregiving Dreams
– Case Study: Dementia Care
– Web Sites to See
– Books of Interest
– Transience of Life
HealthCare Chaplaincy in New York is a leading multifaith organization for the integration of spiritual care within health care and palliative care through research, professional education and clinical practice.
Recently I hosted a spring conference for chaplains, and the overall topic was palliative care. A local pulmonologist did an excellent job with his presentation, “Palliative Care and Lung Disease”. He did something I did not expect. He tailored it specifically to chaplains