Major Psychological Issues that affect Hospice patients

Saul Ebema, D.Min. There are many psychological issues that affect the terminally ill under hospice care. Some of these issues are; Depression                 Depression is another emotion that the dying person experiences. It is a normal reaction to death and dying. It could be triggered by different factors as the terminally ill patient begins to… Read More Major Psychological Issues that affect Hospice patients

Understanding Death Anxiety Among Hospice Patients

Saul Ebema, D.Min. In ministering to the dying, pastoral counselors will encounter some major spiritual and emotional issues the terminally ill patients experience as death nears and one of the major issues is ‘death anxiety”. Carpenito-Moyet, defines death anxiety as “the state in which an individual experiences apprehension, worry, or fear related to death and… Read More Understanding Death Anxiety Among Hospice Patients

Maintaining a Sense of Personhood in Hospice Patients

Saul Ebema, D.Min. Personhood is defined as, being a subject with say over one’s body, emotions, decisions, and life goals. For many, it includes one’s role or relationships in a family or community. In the face of multiple losses and increased dependence on others for basic needs, someone who is terminally ill may feel as… Read More Maintaining a Sense of Personhood in Hospice Patients

Understanding the Stages of Dying in Hospice Care

Saul Ebema, D.Min. In continuation to my article on “knowledge of death as a crisis in hospice care”, I will attempt to dive into what follows next after the knowledge or awareness of death.  According to Kubler- Rose, “There are five stages of dying that someone diagnosed with terminal illness will most likely experience.”[1] She… Read More Understanding the Stages of Dying in Hospice Care

The Role Of Spirituality in Coping for Hospice Patients

Christina M. Puchalski, MD, MS. Patients who are spiritual may utilize their beliefs in coping with illness, pain, and life stresses. Some studies indicate that those who are spiritual tend to have a more positive outlook and a better quality of life. For example, patients with advanced cancer who found comfort from their religious and… Read More The Role Of Spirituality in Coping for Hospice Patients

Emotional Intelligence In Hospice Chaplaincy

Saul Ebema, D.Min. The ability to show emotional intelligence is one of the most important skills for a Hospice chaplain to posses. Emotional intelligence is defined as the ability to perceive and express emotions. It enables the chaplain to understand his/her own and the patient’s emotions and then be able to apply this understanding to the… Read More Emotional Intelligence In Hospice Chaplaincy