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  • Spiritual Chaplain / Bereavement - Hospice

    Job ID
    Professional (Other)
    Special Recruitment Location
    batavia, oh
  • Overview

    Spiritual/Chaplain/Breavement. Provide comprehensive assessment of spiritual and Bereavement needs of hospice patients, families and/or caregivers per Hospice regulatory guidelines/  Provide consultation and support to patients, families, caregivers and team members in a non-denominational manner or as requested by patients/families/caregivers and document according to agency policies and procedures.



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    • Contact patient/family’s preferred spiritual advisor/clergy to ensure ongoing involvement and to invite participation in interdisciplinary care  
    • Contact patient’s community clergy or spiritual leader to assist in provision of spiritual care of patients and family members as requested.
    • Develop and document plan for spiritual care, in conjunction with the interdisciplinary team.
    • Provide spiritual care counseling services to patients/families and significant others and document the services according to agency clinical record guidelines.
    • Maintain records of spiritual care services utilization and related activities for quality assurance, program development and policy and procedure review and revision.
    • Maintain working list of local community chaplains and spiritual counselors.
    • Provide consultation, education and support to the interdisciplinary team on spiritual care.
    • Provide for funeral planning, as well as funeral and/or memorial services for patients as requested.
    • Conduct memorial services for the agency as requested by Hospice Director.
    • Assist in supervision of spiritual care volunteers when assigned to patients/families.



    • Develops a bereavement plan of care based on a risk assessment, revises, assesses, and updates it on an ongoing basis, based on the bereavement needs and coping abilities of bereaved clients.
    • Provide bereavement counseling as appropriate.
    • Oversees the mailings that are sent to all bereaved clients in program.
    • Documents and tracks bereavement activities.
    • Plans, develops and leads bereavement support groups for bereaved family members/significant others and staff members.
    • Locates and utilizes resources (books, brochures, references, community groups, etc.) to help individuals deal with their issues of grief and loss.
    • Works with Social Worker and other members of the Interdisciplinary Team to organize and conduct the agency memorial service on, at least, an annual basis for bereaved family members/significant others and staff members.
    • Recognizes complicated grief and/or coexisting psychiatric conditions that pose a threat to the health or safety of individuals and initiates referrals for intense psychotherapy and/or chemical dependence treatment programs when necessary.




    Bachelor's degree from an accredited school of theology preferred.

    Clinical Pastoral Education Training: with a minimum of 2 to 4 C.P.E. credits obtained from an accredited program preferred.




    Must have training/experience in dealing with grief and bereavement counseling.

    Minimum of 1 year experience in providing ecumenical approach in pastoral care and client/family counseling.

    Experience in home health or hospice preferred.

    Must demonstrate the ability to be able to work within a multidisciplinary team setting.

    Understanding of Hospice philosophy and needs of terminally ill.


    Licensure, Registration, and/or Certification:


    Must be endorsed and in good standing with a denomination. Prefer a certificate of ordination or certification.

    Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation that is insured in accordance with Ohio requirements.

    Satisfactory references from employers and/or professional peers.

    Satisfactory criminal background and national sex offender checks


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