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Chaplain/Spiritual Counselor - Hospice

  • Job ID: 412838683
  • Status: Casual
  • Regular/Temporary: Limited
  • Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: Susquehanna Home Care & Hospice
  • Department: Hsp Susq Clergy
  • Location: 102 S Main Street, Coudersport PA 16915
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $20.51 to $34 / hour


UPMC is hiring a casual Chaplain.  This role would cover Potter, Tioga, McKean, and Cameron counties.

To provide pastoral care/counseling/guidance to patients, family members and Hamot Health Foundation employees as an integral part of the healing team. To provide counseling and emotional support to the active and bereaved Hospice patient/family units and staff and acts as a liaison between the community clergy and the Hospice Program. Responsible for developing, implementing, and supervising the Bereavement Program and for the delivery of related services.


  • Works with staff, clergy, and community groups to enhance their sensitivity to the spiritual concerns of patients/families experiencing terminal illness and loss.
  • Performs occasional liturgical assignments such as the biannual Memorial Service and support services with staff.
  • Plans, implements, and supervises the bereavement group events. In conjunction with the other Hospice Team members assists with completion of the Bereavement Risk Assessment and develops the Bereavement Care Plan on all deceased patients with input from the Interdisciplinary Team, and documents this in the clinical record.
  • Possesses the ability to obtain and interpret information considering age specific needs.
  • Provides direct pastoral care, religious, moral and ethical counseling, and guidance to all patients, family members, and UPMC Hamot employees in areas assigned and is keeping with patient's/family's/employee's beliefs.
  • Makes contact with clergy or appropriate representatives of patients/families as indicated and serves as a liaison between the community clergy and the Hospice program
  • Develops new bereavement programs and materials for patient's families, staff, and the community on loss, grief, and coping with bereavement. Assists with educational training programs, including the orientation of new employees and volunteers. Participates in the maintenance of the bereavement component of the community and staff resource libraries.
  • Participates in interdisciplinary team conferences by exploring and assessing the potential spiritual needs of patients/families and reporting on services as indicated.
  • Conducts or assists family in making arrangements for funeral or memorial services when indicated.
  • Oversees the adequacy and the appropriateness of bereavement programs for family members. Oversees the Bereavement follow up by patient care staff and volunteers. Maintains current documentation in the patient record of services provided and contacts made.
  • Provides educational programs for community clergy, religious and lay representatives as resources allow.
  • Maintains confidentiality and proper records and documentation of services performed for patients/families according to agency policy and consistent with regulatory standards.
  • Manages the Bereavement services program utilizing professional staff and volunteers as appropriate to the service or event.



  • Graduate of Accredited College/University (4 year B.A. or B.S.)
  • One year in Pastoral Ministry and one year in a health-related facility.
  • One year prior bereavement training experience preferred.

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