Hospice Chaplain

Give dying hospice patients spiritual comfort.
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$24,000 – $77,000

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What do Hospice Chaplains do?

The idea of a hospice arose early in medieval times, when people offered sick travelers shelter and comfort. Today, the term applies to a shelter that provides comfort to terminally ill patients. Hospice Chaplains are Priests or other clergy members who visit and uplift those patients. In other words, as a Hospice Chaplain, you provide spiritual guidance to those who are about to pass on.

Though similar to a hospital, a hospice caters specifically to the elderly or terminally ill. For these patients, all medical options have been exhausted. And all the staff can do now is make the person as happy and as comfortable as possible.

As the Hospice Chaplain, you give spiritual support to both the ill person and their family. You may also provide guidance to those who work at the hospice and can’t make it to church.

Hospices employ Chaplains from many religions to ensure that people of all beliefs are served. While Doctors and Nurses take care of their medical and physical needs, you look after their spiritual well-being. Throughout your workday, you make room-to-room visits, and speak with Doctors to see how a patient is feeling and if they are well enough to talk.

Patients appreciate how you help keep their lives relatively normal, even if they are too sick to make it to a traditional church. Your visits both inspire and comfort them during a crucial time in their lives.

Should I be a Hospice Chaplain?

You should have a master's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.

  • How to become a Hospice Chaplain

    Hospice Chaplains often have a Master's degree. Start by getting your Bachelor's degree. Chart?chd=s:gsp59s&chl=no+college+%2814%25%29|certificate+%288%25%29|associate%27s+%2818%25%29|bachelor%27s+%2825%25%29|master%27s+%2827%25%29|doctorate+%288%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,14,27
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