Covenant Hospice will honor the contributions of its dedicated chaplains during Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 21-27. Each day pastoral caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Faith can be tested and many questions arise about the meaning of suffering and pain near the end-of-life.
Pastoral caregivers bring many gifts to the process of healing and wholeness. They are trained to help individuals draw on their own faith traditions and teachings for comfort and guidance as they walk through dark valleys.
In 2011, Covenant Hospice chaplains made more than 13,500 calls and visits to patients facing life-limiting illnesses and their families, and were asked to officiate at more than 470 funerals.
“Our chaplains are often referred to as ‘angels among us’ by the patients and families we serve,” said Dale O. Knee, Covenant Hospice president & CEO. “We are truly humbled by the work they do as part of our team and appreciate the opportunity to honor them each year.”
Covenant Hospice is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive, compassionate services to patients and loved ones during times of life-limiting illnesses. To receive care or find out more about the organization visit www.covenanthospice.org. You can also locate them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Covenant.Hospice and Twitter, @CovenantHospice.
Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network, a national organization of pastoral care providers, pastoral care professionals, and faith group endorsers. Now in its 27th year, the weeklong observance promotes spiritual values as a part of the healing process and invites us to celebrate the work of caregivers in such settings as hospitals, hospices and nursing homes.