I find it very meaningful to listen to someone looking back at their life and highlighting what was meaningful, enjoyable, challanging, and life giving in it. When I visit patients and their families I am often reminded of Morrie (Tuesday's with Morrie by Mitch Ablom) who in his process of dying was summarizing his life and sharing his wisdom with his student/friend.
As chaplains we have the priveledge to be invited into a person's life, which is a sacred process.
Rev. Mirjam Berger ACPE Associate Supervisor, Th.M. Coordinator of Community Chaplaincy Programs M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Department of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education
What I most like about Chaplaincy is the implicit & explicit interplay of the secular and sacred within our work. We as Chaplains have contact with people (churched and nonchurched) that are many times without a religious community. We also bear witness to the sacred dimension among people of other world religions. This allows me to entry into a person's sacred space in a meaningful and non-confrontative manner.
Also; as a Chaplain; I have an interplay with Death & Dying on a day-to-day basis with people that calls on me to entertain and engage real and practical questions about Life, Love, Courage, and Faith in a way that is immediate and jagged at times.