This week Halcyon Hospice honored our dedicated team of Chaplains for National Pastoral Care Week. Pastoral Care Week gives organizations opportunities to recognize the spiritual caregivers in their midst and the ministry which they provide.
We thought we’d ask some of our Chaplains if they had any words of wisdom or insights into why they do what they do.
Here’s what they had to say…
“Mother Teresa has said it best! ‘At the end of life, we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, or how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in. Hungry not only for food, but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing, but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks, but homeless because of rejection.’ My work involves exploring the spiritual and emotional healing opportunities for patients and their families. Assessing a patient’s spiritual and emotional needs requires intense, empathic listening. My ultimate hope is to help patients and their families gain spiritual and emotional closure, and the ability to release each other into God’s loving hands. Being trusted to enter a family’s life, to be a spiritual presence for them at a time of helplessness and vulnerability humbles me. Being a hospice chaplain/bereavement coordinator is an honor and a sacred trust!” – Steve Edwards
“Halcyon is one of the greatest hospices there is to work for and to proudly tell others about how even our company seems to realize that people are first makes it easy to remember it’s not just a job but a ministry. I follow this command ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’” – Barbara Campbell
“I love serving as a hospice chaplain because helping others experience real peace and joy in the darkest hours of life is so rewarding to me!” – Sam Braswell
“The best ministry seems to occur when I allow each day to unfold naturally, living not in the past or being preoccupied with the future, but living truly in the moment. When I do this, God opens up doors for significant events and conversations to take place.” – Jeff Brookshire
“I am often asked ‘How do you deal with death and dying day after day?’ It is question I have often wrestled with myself. How and why do we do what we do? First, I believe that a Chaplain must be first called to ‘re-present’ the Divine flow of love in this universe – especially at times of distress when it can be most difficult to understand. Secondly, I belief it is with great humility that a chaplain approaches what they do. For they understand that it isn’t so much about what we do, or anyone else does, to help support the dying on their eternal journey to graduation. The dying will in fact accomplish that task no matter what anyone does. However, when we have been able to come alongside our patients and their loving families, sharing in the burden of this difficult time, we all become in fact blessed/honored. For we have had the opportunity to listen to those wonderful life stories and memories shared by patients and family members. And, we have all witnessed the power of the One who calls. Thus, we have become a small part of the most valuable time in a dying person’s life brought together in love.” – Maitland LaForce
Thank you to all of our wonderful and dedicated chaplains: Jeff Brookshire, Barbara Campbell, Charlie Scarbrough, Elizabeth Valera, Maitland LaForce, Regina Hill, Sam Braswell, Skip Van Nus, Steve Edwards, Steve Severs and William Hemphill.
You give our patients and their families peace, clarity and understanding at a time when they need it most.