Joy Freeman

My case study for the group:

A woman with kids is in a critical care unit with a terminal diagnosis. Her partner has been faithfully at the bedside and there have been conversations around goals of care and plans for the future.  Chaplains are consulted to help with an identified need of the woman and her partner being legally married so that the partner can adopt the children and secure the children’s future. Chaplain works with couple to obtain needed licence and officiates ceremony in the critical care unit with the assistance of critical care staff to help celebrate and create as meaningful a space as possible in the critical care room.


A second one:

Young african american man in critical care, newly diagnosed HIV. Several visits occur over the space of several days.  Young man shares that faith and church community is an important part of who he is. He is a part of a more conservative/charismatic faith group. Since coming out as gay his church has told him he can only participate in the worship team and other ways he has been serving at his church if he chooses to be celibate.  He is struggling because celibacy does not feel authentic to him.  Also he is struggling to connect to the King James Translation that has been the accepted translation of his faith tradition and is seeking out other Bible translations that he can better understand and connect too. He does have friends, however it is unknown the amount, quality or depth of these relationships as conversation has centered around his spiritual struggle.