CHAPLAIN SERVICES ARE AVAILABLE TO PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS AS PART OF THE OVERALL HOSPICE OF EAST TEXAS EXPERIENCE
The role of a hospice chaplain is to meet others where they are spiritually, not attempting to impart the chaplain’s own beliefs, but to honor the patient and family’s own life values and beliefs. They have spent many hours listening, and many hours in prayer through the day and night. They have officiated at funerals and memorial services, baptized infants, and adults, even conducted wedding ceremonies.
Some of the greatest needs in life, especially at end-of-life, are to simply be heard, understood, and have a life validated. The chaplain has the privilege of being invited into the inner recesses of another’s heart and life at an intimate and vulnerable time. Often, a silent presence, empathetic ear and genuine concern establish the framework for a deep and abiding relationship. Serving as a hospice chaplain is more than a profession, it is a calling of the heart.