Month: June 2015

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 →

Application for Clinical Pastoral Education–#1: A reasonably full account of my life.

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 →

“Quantum leaps in understanding: advancing healthcare chaplaincy research” – BMC Series blog

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 →

How to Dress a Dead Baby

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 →

“I’ll Get the Nurse.”

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 →