Date of Award
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Holley Clough, DMin
Jason Wellman, DMin
MaryKate Morse, PhD
This project is a book which examines how Christian hospice chaplains can maintain and utilize their Christian identity and minister effectively to non-Christian/non-religious patients and their families without evangelizing them. It was determined that narrative, or story, is an essential part of each person's life, especially as a person looks back on their life while approaching death. A person's life goals change as death becomes imminent, and with change comes grief. Hospice chaplains can companion the patient as they navigate this unfamiliar territory and help them recognize new goals. Chaplains can help patients look back on their lives to see value and meaning. The patient can then plan for the remainder of their life and how they want to be remembered, considering their life story or legacy.
Book development will address building the essential internal qualities of the hospice chaplain. This includes hospice chaplains being non-judgmental, able to listen attentively with genuine curiosity and respond with compassion. A chaplain also needs a good support system. Professionally, they need good communication with their team members as well as support from management. They also need time, money, and support for Continuing Education. Outside of their work environment, chaplains need good support from friends and family, and time to rest and rejuvenate their mind, body, and spirit.
This project will also provide various interventions to minister to patients more effectively, such as the use of tools like YouTube videos, music, books, poetry, art, and questions to encourage conversation.
Linder, Dawn M., "Effective Hospice Chaplain Ministry" (2022). Doctor of Ministry. 449.