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Spiritual Care

Family Hospice and Palliative Care respects the spiritual beliefs, faith traditions, and practices of all individuals. Our spiritual care counselors are integral members of the interdisciplinary care team and may provide direct spiritual support and comfort, or may act as a liaison with a person's community clergy. As requested, our spiritual care staff counsels individuals, offering guidance and presence in the search for meaning, comfort, strength and hope. As a member of the hospice team, spiritual care counselors are available to offer individuals and their loved ones the opportunity to reflect on personal beliefs, relationships, and life choices. At the request of patients and families, Family Hospice spiritual care specialists will:

  • Offer prayer and counseling with patients and loved ones
  • Explore unresolved issues and concerns related to patient/family spirituality
  • Offer help in coping with common feelings, such as loneliness, anger, fear, and the nature of the unknown
  • Help contact the patient's own clergy, if desired
  • Facilitate receiving church sacraments

The Family Hospice Spiritual Care staff offers memorial services throughout the year for families and friends of those who have passed away.

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Program

Helping people face death is something clergy and all who minister are called upon to do.  Feelings of pain and loneliness, anger and sorrow, depression and fear, along with probably the most profound spiritual crisis of a person's life, present the pastoral minister with a situation demading the full measure of skill, compassion, and training at his or his disposal. 

Few clergy and pastoral ministers have received the advanced training necessary to appropriately help individuals and families with the ethical and spiritual concerns that may emerge in the dying process.  Once clinicians address medical needs, it's the spiritual issues that remain:  Why is this happening?  I'm afraid to die.  Is God punishing me?  Should mom have a feeding tube?  These issues can cause as much pain and distress as the physical illness itself. 

Family Hospice & Palliative Care's Clinical Pastoral Education Program is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy (CPSP).  The program is an extended unit beginning in September and concluding the followng May. 

To apply, click on the application. There is a $25 application fee.  

For more information, please contact:

Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich
Family Hospice & Palliative Care
103 Yost Blvd., Ste. 200
Pittsburgh, PA 15221
412-863-3741