Spiritual care counselors at Cedar Valley Hospice provide spiritual support to patients and their families and caregivers. They offer a non-denominational, open, giving relationship outside the clinical medical routine. For some patients, the chaplain can help ease the social isolation of this life stage.
Spiritual Care at Cedar Valley Hospice
With three full-time spiritual care counselors and two part-time spiritual care counselors on staff at Cedar Valley Hospice, we are equipped to help any patient, family and congregation with their spiritual needs. As a part of National Pastoral Care Week October 19-25, we want to outline how our spiritual care services work so you can be aware of them and the benefits they offer.
- Notification from a spiritual care counselor- When a member of a congregation is admitted to Cedar Valley Hospice, one of our spiritual care counselors, with the patient’s permission, will notify their pastor, reverend, rabbi or other clergy member. They will also update them when there are changes in the patient’s condition or when a death has occurred.
- Spiritual care services are optional- Not every patient chooses to use Cedar Valley Hospice’s spiritual care services; they are available for those who wish to use them.
- Spiritual care services can be accessed at any time- When a patient is admitted to Cedar Valley Hospice, they may initially choose not to use spiritual care services. However, as they near their death, they or their family may decide they want to have the comfort our spiritual care counselors provide.
- The Cedar Valley Hospice spiritual care counselor does not replace a pastor, reverend or other clergy member- They act more as a coordinator for spiritual care, supplementing when necessary to help patients and families face death with dignity and peace.
- Our spiritual care counselors respect all religions and beliefs- Regardless of the religious and spiritual beliefs of a patient, Cedar Valley Hospice spiritual care counselors provide and coordinate spiritual support in ways that will help comfort the patient and their family.
The spiritual care counselors at Cedar Valley Hospice are experts in working with clergy members, families and congregations. In addition to providing spiritual care to hospice patients, our spiritual care counselors also offer in-service training for church staff and small to large groups in a faith community, as well as ongoing resources for congregations. When it comes to providing spiritual care for hospice patients, the spiritual care counselors at Cedar Valley Hospice are here to be a source of comfort and help you get the support you need.