I am a Hospice Chaplain with Apreva Hospice and everyday I work with amazing nurses, aides, nurse practitioners and doctors. Together we seek to honor the desires and dignity of our patients, as we care for them in this latter part of their life’s journey.These words are intended to be both a tribute and a call to you who are my team members and my family to understand the depths of your vocation.
A Ministry: A Tribute to Our Health Care Workers
You thought it was just a necessary process
this checking of vital signs
of giving personal care.
You did’nt know that checking oxygen levels
or the combing of the hair
Your hands caress as you take their pulse,
check the temperature,
assess every inch of them professionally
but with caring that says
diseased or wrinkled you are precious.
As you help them bathe you recognize
the self sufficiency they have lost
and offer them through your touch and manner
what dignity you can.
Then they recognize you are someone
who has given them something,
not just taken something away.
Whether taking their blood pressure
or washing their back
you convey to them that you see them
as more than just a body to be tended
but a precious vessel of life.
You may not be about healing their bodies
but you can be healers of their souls.
Therein is ministry.
Diantha Zschoche 2015