New Chaplain needs advice!

Reply Tue 26 Nov, 2013 07:21 pm
I just landed my first hospice chaplain position, and I'm very nervous that I won't make a good impression. Hopefully I can get some great advice from all of you. What I'd like to know is: What do you expect from the hospice chaplain? What was the most helpful, or harmful advice you've gotten? And what's the kindest thing the chaplain has ever said or done to help you through you or your loved ones time of need?
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Reply Wed 27 Nov, 2013 07:40 am
Well, first off, congratulations on your new role.

I can't honestly say as I've had a conversation with a hospice chaplain (I don't think I've ever met one, truth be told). But at funerals, the thing that usually makes me feel better is a look to the future, at the deceased's children, or their works out in the world. We live on through our good works and our descendants - it's the truth and it can, I feel, help people realize that it's not totally over, if that makes any sense.
Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 06:35 am
Thanks for your input. I appreciate your thoughts!
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Reply Fri 29 Nov, 2013 06:58 am

In your situation, I 'd turn your clients' attention
to the body of literature of near death experiences,
e.g., Life After Life by Raymond Moody, M.D.
or other books concerning the subject matter ideally by other M.D.s
People who have returned from human death in hospitals
have complained about being brought back.
Thay denounced return to human life as
like being put back in jail,
or getting back inside their human bodies
as being like getting stuffed into a mayonaise jar.

Being out feels nice, whether u were in good health or not.
Get them some books from the New Age sections of bookstores.
Thay are quite optimistic and cheerful.
Here is a free website:

U might also Google a TV Show named:
I Survived . . . Beyond and Back
It consists of the first hand testimonies
of people who have returned from human death.

I like to say that IT IS NOT DEATH; it is only molting,
like a lobster who molts off his exoskeleton
and then he just strolls away and gets on with his life.
(Snakes do it too.) Butterflies

It might be wise to advise them to be in a HAPPY state of mind
when thay get out of their human bodies.
That will influence their subsequent experience.

Its not just the teeth that r deciduous: the whole thing is deciduous.
The Law of the Conservation of Energy applies to conscious life.

I hope that u will let us know how well it works out.

Congratulations, and Good Luck!

Reply Wed 22 Jan, 2014 08:16 am
Thank-you for your input and also for the links!
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