Oct. 21 start of National Pastoral Care Week

To the Editor:

At the end of life, powerful emotions often surface, and some people question the value of their lives. As a hospice chaplain, I have guided many through such existential questions to help create a space of spiritual peace that can bring comfort and meaning to one’s final days.

Creating this spiritual space is at the core of chaplaincy in hospice care. My pastoral care colleagues and I do this by exploring a patient’s unique spiritual perspectives, sometimes through story-telling, sometimes through prayer. And sometimes, simply by being silently present in that person’s space.

Oct. 21 marks the start of National Pastoral Care Week. Launched in 1985, this week of observances across America will honor spiritual caregivers for the support they provide, and promote continuing education for professional chaplaincy.

Join Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care in honoring spiritual caregivers for cultivating spiritual space and celebrating the humanity we all share.

— Chad Vickers, MMin

Chaplain, Crossroads Hospice & Palliative Care

Dayton Regional Office