Welcome to Chaplains Today, a place for practical resources and thoughtful reflection, intended for those who serve among seniors either in care facilities or the local church. These spiritual care providers work with residents and families to address a wide variety of needs:
- Adjusting to living in residential care;
- Family dynamics;
- Spiritual distress;
- Depression and phobias;
- Death and end of life issues;
- Need for forgiveness and grief/loss.
The most important trait of chaplains and pastors is their willingness to simply, "Be present". We include the phrase "the power of presence" in our "tag line" because many residents and parishioners have said to one of us, "Thanks for simply being here today." We are reminded of Jesus who came to be among us. And, the clarion call of the Apostle James who urged, "This is true religion in the presence of our God and Father: to visit orphans and widows in their distress." (James 1:26)
A good chaplain or pastor also possesses counseling skills, understands and embraces different models for grief and loss, traumatic events; and, motivates others, just to name a few. However, there will be issues about which the Care Provider might be unaware. Thus we are always learning! Issues of sexuality, for instance, can be very challenging in residential care.
Such chaplains are also grounded in a biblical foundation for ministry to seniors (well over 250 biblical references mention the needs and life of seniors).
Chaplains Today seeks to provide short articles on a wide range of topics regarding pastoral care. We invite others to provide further practical insights by submitting articles.