Spiritual Care Intern-Chaplain Intern
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
As a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team and under the direction of the Chaplain, will assess the spiritual and religious needs of patients and their families, arrange for the provision of spiritual and religious support in accordance with their wishes, and supporting families in the bereavement process. Chaplain Interns provide bereavement counseling to family members as identified.
Working under the clinical supervision of the Supervising Chaplain, who will routinely assess the needs of the Intern and as the Intern becomes increasingly autonomous, may assign the following responsibilities:
1. Complete the spiritual needs assessment of a patient and family when referred by the hospice interdisciplinary team.
2. Serve as liaison to the patient/family’s community of faith and in response to the needs of patient and family, advise patient/family clergy, or other spiritual caregiver, of the issues related to the terminal illness of the patient.
3. If patient and family do not have a religious affiliation but wish to receive pastoral care, provide for spiritual and religious support and services in accordance with the wishes and beliefs of the patient and family.
4. Document the provision of spiritual care.
5. Attend team meetings and participate in the interdisciplinary review of the plan of care for patients and their families.
6. Network with clergy and the lay community to provide information about hospice, and engage them as partners in the care of patients and families.
7. Participate in developing and enhancing the spiritual and religious support services provided by Seasons Hospice in collaboration with community clergy, laity, and other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team.
8. Provide spiritual counseling services to patients and family members, as needed.
9. Provide education about hospice, spiritual care, death and dying, grief and bereavement, living in the face of death, and other related topics to community groups (civic and religious).
10. Facilitate grief support groups as identified by the Bereavement Committee.
11. Participate and/or facilitate Seasons Hospice memorial services.
12. Provide bereavement counseling to family members, as identified.
This Intern must be enrolled in seminary, bible college or some other higher education that requires field placement as a part of their curriculum. If you are interested or would like more information please visit www.seasons.org or contact our Volunteer department at 203-490-1155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
About Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care
1579 Straits Turnpike, Unit 1-E, Middlebury, CT 06762, US
Honoring Life Offering Hope
Our Vision is to:
- recognize that individuals and families are the true experts in their own care;
- support our staff so they can put our patients and families first;
- find creative solutions which add quality to life;
- strive for excellence beyond accepted standards;
- increase the community's awareness of hospice as part of the continuum of care.
Giving Meaning to Every Minute
In every life situation we have a choice as to how we react. At no time is this more profound than in facing the end of life or the death of a loved one.
These months, days, weeks and moments can be among life's most precious - and that is precisely the reason that Seasons Hospice exists. We will do everything in our power to ease pain and provide physical and emotional comfort and support for our patients and their families and friends.
Support When You Need It Most
Seasons Hospice is a community-based organization with an ongoing mission to find creative solutions that add quality to end-of-life care. The caregivers at Seasons Hospice hold steadfast to the patient/family focus of hospice care.
We recognize that individuals and families are the experts in their own care, and we continuously strive for excellence beyond accepted standards.
We are born into a world of comfort, warmth and love, and it our belief that we should all leave this world in the same way. To further that goal, we work with communities to increase the awareness of hospice as part of the continuum of care.
Our Promise to You
People facing a terminal condition often express the same concerns. They worry about pain and fear abandonment. To ease these universal apprehensions, Seasons Hospice makes two promises to our patients and their families.
We promise to enhance the quality of time by ensuring that neither pain nor declining symptoms will diminish the character of a patient’s remaining days, weeks or months.
The second promise we make to our patients and families is that they will not feel alone.
Seasons Hospice engenders hope in the lives of its patients and their family members. We are here for you.