death · guilt

Feelings regarding Death

This morning we began learning/discussing what is required of a chaplain when a patient dies. The passing of a loved one generally does not initiate feelings of shame, invariably there will be feelings of guilt for some.

I know I’ll be given opportunities to be part of the experience when someone passes while at the hospital. It will be during those times that I’ll get to witness the potential feelings of grief and guilt of the family members, loved ones and probably others.

Our feelings are valid and it is important to seek the root cause(s) of these feelings, regardless of what others may say, feel or do. I know that I will also experience many different feelings when a patient passes. I pray for wisdom and insight to be able to seek out the root causes for me.

More will be revealed…