The mission of the Hospice Spiritual Team is to extend our love and com-fort in support of our patients and their families on the spiritual realm of their hospice journey through visits, prayers and attention to their individual spiritual needs. Likewise, we will support our hospice team as they attend to the difficult challenges of caring for their hospice patient.
When an individual is admitted to VNA Hospice, he or she is admitted to a team of caring professionals who hold the mission of attending to their need for comfort in the waning days of life. I have often heard comments that the relationship between patient and our staff takes on a deeper feeling of family as time progresses. We are humbled by this closeness and pledge to conduct ourselves with utmost integrity in our time together.
There are several core services offered by VNA Hospice. One such service is that of spiritual care. When admitted, the individual will be offered the option of whether to include chaplain visits along with our other services. Patients are free to accept or decline at any time while on the hospice journey.
Many of our patients have a history of church attendance and have a pastor who visits. I am thankful when I hear this and gladly fall into a secondary position for their spiritual care. The patient certainly has more history with their pastor than they do with our team.
We do have a lot of patients though that have not made worship a part of their lives and thus, do not have a pastor on which to call. I am blessed when a non-churched patient invites me to their home and I value the opportunity to minister to their spiritual need in a non-judgmental way.
Typically my pastoral visits are once every four weeks for our home-bound patients. I try to see our nursing home and hospitalized patients once a week. Additional visits are arranged upon the request of the patient or their family. I am available for funeral services, should the family need my assistance in that way.
We also have a Spiritual Team of volunteers that are available to assist with the spiritual aspect of care. This team has been functioning for about a year and continues to expand the services we offer.
Rev. Randy L. Kightlinger, Hospice Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor