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When a patient and their loved ones decide that hospice care is the best path to take, the choice is not only medical, but also emotional and sometimes spiritual. The hospice care team seeks to offer care, support, guidance, and reflection in all of these areas. Hospice chaplains care for the spiritual and emotional needs of terminally ill patients and their families.
Chaplains don't replace clergy members but rather are there to offer further support and communicate the needs of the patient. Additionally, chaplains provide bereavement services, including phone calls, visits and memorial services, to family members upon the death of a patient.
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