Hosparus Health Inc.
Richard Rohr said that if your spiritual caregivers aren’t talking to you about death, you don’t have good spiritual caregivers. In Chris Hammons’ article “Spiritual Care from a Patient’s Perspective” he asks right away “what do I want, need and expect from my spiritual caregivers?” What do you think is the most important function of a chaplain? What do you hear your patient’s expecting of you?
Then in his article, “Tending the Garden through the Eyes of a Cancer Patient” he uses the metaphor of garden, which I appreciate. He chooses to focus on the full garden, not the weed. How do you help your patients focus on the garden rather than the weed?
One way I do that is with a heavy focus on life review, seeking what one can affirm and bless about their life. There are many good life review tools around. Here’s a link to the work of Dr. Harvey Chocinov, a palliative care doctor in Canada: https://dignityincare.ca
I encourage you to peruse his website for further information and tools. Let’s talk about what grabs you the most.
Wishing everyone a good weekend!