August 18, 2017
“The World of Hospice Spiritual Care: A Practical Guide for Palliative Care Chaplains” is a comprehensive study of spiritual care in hospice, addressing challenges and preparing chaplains to effectively minister in palliative care outreaches. “The World of Hospice Spiritual Care: A Practical Guide for Palliative Care Chaplains” is the creation of published author, Dr. Douglas G. Sullivan, a doctor of pastoral care and counseling who serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Texas Civil Defense, adjunct professor, emergency services chaplain, and spiritual counselor.
“Hospice chaplains are ordinary people inspired by extraordinary purpose, allowing God’s manifest presence to change people’s lives through palliative care ministry.”—Dr. Douglas G. Sullivan
Published by Christian Faith Publishing, Dr. Douglas G. Sullivan’s new book is a captivating and insightful examination of spiritual care in hospice.
Hospice chaplains serve as part of interdisciplinary teams to relieve pain and suffering and to improve patients’ quality of life. Members of hospice teams must have knowledge in areas of expertise and additional aspects of hospice work, as hospice care components interrelate. Dr. Sullivan addresses the tremendous challenges and rewards the hospice environment offers, equipping chaplains to allow God’s presence to shine through during ministry.
This practical guide examines hospice movement history, philosophy and concepts of care, program models, and interdisciplinary teams. Dr. Sullivan discusses the psychological and spiritual aspects of pain; spiritual assessments and spiritual care plans; the role of spiritual care staff; grief, bereavement, and mourning; and staff grief and stress management. A thorough analysis of these topics introduces caregivers to the world of hospice, which helps the critical role of the spiritual counselor to emerge.
A better understanding of these concepts and the resulting increased technical competence allows hospice chaplains more freedom to impact patients, families, and caregivers through the ministry of presence. This book aims to prepare chaplains to offer comfort, kindness, and care to those impacted during the greatest hours of need.
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