Spiritual Care Week is October 24-30, 2021. This week it is an opportunity for us to acknowledge the team of professionals who provide spiritual care and support for the patients and families we are privileged to serve. Ohio’s Hospice recognizes and thanks its chaplains for all they do to support our mission.
Chaplains are a part of our interdisciplinary care team. Chaplains make spiritual assessments of patients and respond with support, guidance and counseling. The support chaplains provide is inclusive of all religious faiths, traditions and backgrounds.
For individuals who have a strong religious or faith background that is an important aspect of their life, our chaplains honor and encourage their faith, which can bring comfort to the patient and their family.
For others, religious traditions may not have held a central role in their expression of faith, but they may still have a strong sense of spirituality. Hospice chaplains can help patients reflect upon their beliefs and express their spirituality. Chaplains also support those who define themselves as agnostic or atheist, meeting them where they are with no judgment or agenda.
Chaplains’ spiritual care can give them comfort as they work through life reflection and end-of-life solace. Chaplains continue to serve families after the loss of a loved one, providing solace and comfort, conducting funeral and memorial services, and honoring the lives of hospice patients.