Just saw this is coming out, obviously a topic of interest to me. Given that chaplaincy is a mystery to many of my friends, even this trailer may be enlightening. I’ll definitely be watching the film.
All hospice work is spiritual work. This is what people who work in hospice often say. So as I approach chaplaincy with my hope of working in hospice, my question has been, If it’s all spiritual, why this path? Why not nursing? Or social work? I have come to this conclusion: because I want to be an advocate for the… Read more →
Application for Clinical Pastoral Education–#2: A description of my spiritual growth and development.
My mother was an atheist who identified historically and culturally as a Jew, the child of immigrants. My father’s faith lineage was an undefined and little-discussed mix of Protestantism, and the only piece of his spiritual heritage I’m certain of is that his father was a lifelong Spiritualist after an experience he had in World War I. My dad was… Read more →
Writing a letter to a friend that recaps my path to chaplaincy this morning, I realized I had never posted my essay for applying for Clinical Pastoral Education. It has five parts: A reasonably full account of my life. A description of my spiritual growth and development. A description of my vocational history. An account of a “helping incident.” My impressions of clinical… Read more →
Well, I’ve got my reading for the next few days… “Treatment of physical, psychological, social and spiritual suffering are central to palliative and hospice care, but our knowledge of the specific roles and practices of chaplains is still limited. Linda Emanuel and Joshua Hauser discuss the latest article collection on the activities of chaplains and the models guiding their practice,… Read more →
A moving essay on chaplaincy, and training to be a chaplain, by author Alejandra Diaz Mattoni. Follow her on Twitter at @alediazmattoni. Peace. _____________________________________________________ The mechanics of dressing a dead newborn are basic. The little girl’s face is white, lacking the flushed cheeks normally present in a newborn. She has a full head of hair and a button-type nose that makes you want… Read more →
Went to visit my hospice client today, 89-year-old woman at a care facility–chatty, non-religious, says she’s ready to go, but she has family members that are holding on. I will call her Alice (as is standard, I’m changing her identity for confidentiality reasons). I go every Friday. I walk up to the front desk and say, “I’m a hospice volunteer. I’m… Read more →
These words are being written in front of a man who is dead. The words that you are reading now were formed in the presence of his body in a coffin, and in the presence of his spirit, I believe. What has happened to you, my friend? The simplest thing in the world, a return to your component parts. What is… Read more →