Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare’s philosophy of care is to care for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. We believe that everyone has a spirit in need of care, regardless of if a person has a faith tradition or not. Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare has a staff of caring chaplains and spiritual care volunteers who accompany patients and families on this part of life’s journey. These individuals provide compassionate listening, encouragement, and reassuring presence.
The Mission of LifeCare Hospice’s Spiritual Care Team
The Chaplains of Ohio’s Hospice LifeCare strive to provide compassionate caring listening to those in need at a critical time in their life. Their mission is to help patients and families deal with the many emotions associated with end of life and encourage them to embrace the spiritual aspects of their journey.
Spiritual care at hospice is a much broader topic than just religion. It addresses many of the patient’s core longings:
- The need for feeling emotionally safe,
- To be affirmed as a valued and unique individual,
- To have one’s own epic story heard,
- To understand they are loved,
- And, to be connected with other human beings and God.
Chaplains frequently assist individuals who are struggling to find purpose and meaning in their final days. Often patients have goals they want to accomplish before dying. In these instances, chaplains can help articulate and facilitate their achievement. Sometimes this involves assistance in working on reconciling relationships.
For those struggling with their own spiritual ambiguities, the chaplain offers conversation to help them think these things through to find resolution. They also provide resources for spiritual growth and serve as liaison contacts to a patient’s faith community.
Chaplains are part of a larger team, the Interdisciplinary Team, that works together to provide a comprehensive continuum of care to all patients. Communication and collaboration with the team assures that all aspects of care, (spiritual, emotional, physical, and medical) are covered for the patient and family.
Finally, after loved ones pass, chaplains are often part of a comprehensive bereavement plan to see families through the months following.