Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

Dedera Baker writes about her experience as a Gilchrist chaplain in honor of Pastoral Care Week, which celebrates the practice of spiritual care through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling. What I have learned most about being a hospice chaplain is that, at the end of life, what divides us seems to disappear. In the face … More Tending to the Spiritual Needs of Patients With Dementia

Small miracles on a daily basis, thanks to Gilchrist Hospice Care

Part of our celebration of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month is to ask patients and families what they think  of the services they have received from Gilchrist Hospice Care. This blog is written by Barbara Carr — whose father is cared for by Gilchrist, as was her mother who recently passed away.  When my parents began … More Small miracles on a daily basis, thanks to Gilchrist Hospice Care

Words from Gilchrist Chaplains for Pastoral Care Week

What is spiritual care at Gilchrist Hospice Care? How does one capture and describe the essence of such kind of care in one simple blog post? October celebrates Pastoral Care Week. As a way of lifting up the ministry of spiritual care in hospice I include here reflections from three of the Gilchrist staff chaplains. … More Words from Gilchrist Chaplains for Pastoral Care Week

Coping with the Unimaginable – 27 Shootings in Baltimore City

From Friday June 21 to Friday June 28, there were 27 shootings in Baltimore City. Twenty seven! It is truly unimaginable. And only the week before, Baltimore City reached a milestone of 100 deaths by homicide in 2013. We struggle to make sense of it. Opinions abound – “we should have better gun control.” “It’s … More Coping with the Unimaginable – 27 Shootings in Baltimore City

The power of counseling to promote healing

In late summer, I began a clinical placement at Gilchrist Hospice Care’s Howard County Office in the Bereavement Services Department  as a part of the masters program in pastoral counseling at Loyola University in which I am enrolled. When I told friends, family and even graduate student colleagues at Loyola that I accepted a position as … More The power of counseling to promote healing

March is national social work month

Say social worker and many people think of homeless shelters, adoption agencies, and welfare offices. You also find social workers at student counseling centers, providing psychotherapy in clinics and private practice, in Employee Assistance programs, on disaster relief teams, and here at Gilchrist Hospice Care. All Gilchrist social workers have a masters degree from an … More March is national social work month

Part 2: Music therapy: I’m here and I’m listening

A patient with early-onset Dementia had been referred for music therapy.  This patient was a wife and grandmother.  As the patient began a steady decline including memory loss, the inability to interact, significant weight loss, and loss of ability to care for self, her family was no longer able to care for her and the … More Part 2: Music therapy: I’m here and I’m listening