Each month we set the facts straight regarding myths surrounding hospice care.
This month’s myth: The role of the hospice chaplain is strictly a religious one
While hospice chaplains are trained to work with patients, families and caregivers of all faith backgrounds and beliefs, they are also trained to work with individuals and families who do not identify with any particular belief system.
“No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.”
—C. S. Lewis
After the loss of a loved one, grieving takes a toll on your heart. Memories may trigger outbursts of emotion, sometimes when you may least expect it. Intense emotions can come on unexpectedly and persist. These may include shock, numbness, disorientation, sadness, anger, despair, guilt and emptiness.
The healthiest way to heal from your own grief is to deal with the pain so that you can continue to have a rich and fulfilled life.
Grief literature is a helpful tool for many bereaved families. Understanding that you are not alone in your grief by relating to others who have experienced similar grief reactions can help ease the sting.