Health and Social Care Chaplaincy 2020-10-20T23:28:19+00:00 Lindsay Carey Open Journal Systems <p><em>Health and Social Care Chaplaincy</em>&nbsp;is a multidisciplinary forum for the discussion of a range of issues related to the delivery of spiritual care across various settings: acute, paediatric, mental health, palliative care and community.</p> COVID-19 2020-10-19T21:52:46+00:00 Lindsay B. Carey Chris Swift Meg Burton 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance: A Dialectical Inquiry at the End of the World by Stephen Faller 2020-10-20T22:59:54+00:00 Carl Aiken <p>Stephen Faller, Christianity and the Art of Wheelchair Maintenance: A Dialectical Inquiry at the End of the World. Oregon: Cascade Books, 2018, 198 pp. (Pbk). ISBN: 978-1532634666, £20.00.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Case Studies In Spiritual Care. Healthcare Chaplaincy Assessments, Interventions & Outcomes by George Fitchett & Steve Nolan (eds) 2020-10-20T23:08:51+00:00 Martin Walton <p>George Fitchett and Steve Nolan (eds), Case Studies In Spiritual Care. Healthcare Chaplaincy Assessments, Interventions &amp; Outcomes. London: Jessica Kingsley, 2018, 285 pp. (Pbk). ISBN: 978-1-78592-783-6, £19.99.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. ... Because of Love. Why Is There Suffering? A Christian’s Response by A.J. Ferneley 2020-10-20T23:16:57+00:00 Graham Peacock <p>Rev. A. J. Ferneley, ... Because of Love. Why Is There Suffering? A Christian’s Response. CreateSpace Independent Publishing platform, 2017, 83 pp. (Pbk). ISBN: 9781975908188, £4.99.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in Mental Health Settings by Jean Fletcher (ed.) 2020-10-20T23:24:08+00:00 Graham Peacock <p>Jean Fletcher (ed.), Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care in Mental Health Settings, 258 pp. (Pbk). ISBN: 9781785925719, £19.99.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Depression: Caring for Yourself and Others by Adrian Treloar 2020-10-20T23:28:19+00:00 Anne Edwards <p>Dr. Adrian Treloar, Depression: Caring for Yourself and Others. Chawton: Redemptorist Publications, 2017, 61 pp. (Pbk). ISBN: 9780852315033.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Listening on the Outside – Screaming on the Inside 2020-10-20T22:00:43+00:00 Lynn Busfield <p>This is a reflective account of the spiritual care provided by an acute hospital chaplain offered during the first weeks of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, and some of her feelings resulting from ministering to patients in intensive care and providing support to staff.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Mental Health Chaplaincy in the UK During COVID-19 2020-10-20T22:07:06+00:00 Graham Peacock <p>The response to COVID-19 in the United Kingdom led to dramatic changes in the nature and practice of healthcare chaplaincy; arguably the greatest changes have been in the area of mental health chaplaincy. This article provides a personal reflection by a mental health chaplain describing the effects on them, their practice, and their NHS Trust. It shows that chaplains are adapting to these changes. A conclusion outlines possible future responses, since the changing healthcare landscape will continue to be affected by this pandemic for some time to come.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Spiritual Care Services Nurture Wellbeing in a Clinical Setting During COVID- 19 2020-10-20T22:17:05+00:00 Amy K.B. Finiki Kath Maclean <p>This paper presents the responses of two “Spiritual Pastoral Therapists” (SPTs) at Porirua Hospital in Aotearoa New Zealand during COVID-19. The responses included the creation of local safe “bubbles,” increased communication, maintaining chapel access, producing daily meditations for the employee newsletter, utilizing social media, writing letters, and using the labyrinth meditation walk. The authors record a variety of qualitative feedback from hospital staff affirming the contribution of SPT ministry in providing spiritual care services to nurture well-being among patients and hospital staff during the struggles caused by COVID-19.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Death and Grieving in a Changing Landscape 2020-10-20T22:28:26+00:00 Karen Murphy <p>This article is a reflection of a palliative care chaplain’s experiences of supporting people through grief and loss during the COVID-19 pandemic. People have died without the support of loved ones present; funerals have been conducted in a very different manner to the usual practice; and many people’s experience of grief and bereavement has been challenging. The role of the chaplain is explored and discussed in relation to spiritual care provision. The author also acknowledges that the repercussions from COVID-19 have presented a challenge for many people who are grieving and experiencing bereavement.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. COVID-19 and Grief 2020-10-20T22:35:45+00:00 Nell Cockell <p>COVID-19 has impacted on the experience of those who are grieving and on the work of those who support them. As a newly appointed bereavement chaplain for a community children’s team, I have reflected on the experiences of those I am working with, and on how my role has been impacted by COVID-19. This article looks at several areas where COVID-19 has affected grieving people, both parents and others. I also reflect on my own experience of working with them at this time, the distress this has caused me, and the values and creativity that are leading me forward.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. How are Chaplaincy Departments Responding Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Snapshot of UK Responses to a Questionnaire 2020-10-19T22:04:43+00:00 Simon Harrison Julia Scarle <p>This is a brief reflection on how chaplaincy in the United Kingdom is respond- ing "on the ground" to COVID-19. It is based on a short questionnaire responded to by 27 chaplaincy teams, who were providing ministry during COVID-19, in April 2020. It notes significant changes in practice and captures some variation and similarities in chaplaincy experiences. It also highlights emerging concerns with respect to chaplaincy practice that may require additional research in the future.A brief reflection on how Chaplaincy is responding ‘on the ground’ to Covid19, based on short questionnaire responses from 27 Teams in April 2020. Highlights Chaplaincy practice that may need research in the near future.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Being There, Virtually Being There, Being Absent 2020-10-19T22:10:53+00:00 Chris Swift <p>The term “being” has featured frequently in publications about the role of&nbsp;chaplains in health and social care. Generally, this has described the physical presence&nbsp;of chaplains among people either during routine pastoral encounters or at critical&nbsp;moments in their lives. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to differentiated practices for&nbsp;chaplains in the UK’s largest charitable care provider for older people. Some chaplains&nbsp;continued to be present in residential care facilities; some provided at-distance support;&nbsp;and some were absent, both physically and virtually. This article begins by discussing&nbsp;the significance of “being” in the context of chaplaincy. It goes on to offer examples of&nbsp;analysis, drawing on chaplaincy experience during the pandemic based on six interviews&nbsp;conducted in the final week of May 2020. From these interviews, an evaluation&nbsp;is made of chaplaincy during the crisis as: being present; virtually being present; and&nbsp;being absent. It is noted that questions about the chaplain’s location in a crisis are not&nbsp;unprecedented. A discussion of pastoral care during the pandemic suggests that presence&nbsp;and in-person encounter remain key aspects of being, and that recent experience&nbsp;has clarified the importance of embodied support for those who are suffering. However,&nbsp;it is also noted that under certain conditions a virtual pastoral encounter has value, can&nbsp;convey impact, and is of consequence.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Response to COVID-19 2020-10-19T22:21:44+00:00 David A Drummond Lindsay B. Carey <p>This article will consider a practitioner’s experience of the impact of COVID-19 on spiritual care within aged care at the McKellar Centre, Barwon Health, Victoria, Australia. Using Sulmasy’s (2002) paradigm, the provision of holistic care will be considered in terms of the physical, psychological, social and spiritual service variations that were necessary in order to continue to provide for the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable in society – namely those in aged care. The WHO Spiritual Care Intervention codings (WHO, 2017) will be utilized to specifically explore the provision of spiritual care to assist the elderly requesting or needing religious/pastoral intervention. COVID-19 has radically shaped the environment of the McKellar Centre, however, the needs of elderly aged care residents must continue to be met, and this paper seeks to document how that process has been resolved in light of COVID-19. As pandemics are likely to reoccur, future issues for providing spiritual care from a distance, for the benefit of clients, their families, chaplains and health care organizations, will be noted. It must be acknowledged however, that the pandemic impact within Australia (and indeed much of the Oceania region) has been considerably less to that experienced by other regions of the world. Nevertheless, the preparatory and supportive response of spiritual care undertaken at the McKellar Centre speaks to a local response to an international crisis.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. COVID-19 as a Cause of Death for Catholic Priests in Italy 2020-10-19T22:39:19+00:00 Katrina A. Bramstedt <p>While the number of deaths of doctors and dentists from COVID-19 in Italy is soaring, there is another vital population of healthcare team members who are also dying here: priests. This work explores the deaths of Italy’s Catholic priests due to COVID-19 during a three-month period in early 2020. Patients, families, and healthcare workers experience COVID-19 in various stressful ways, and priests and other pastoral care providers provide a well-being service that needs protection. The article explores the context of the recent mortality surge for priests in Italy and the role of pastoral care during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the broader issue of ethics and occupational health for these care providers.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Present in Times of Crisis 2020-10-20T21:36:39+00:00 Iris Roosmarijn Wierstra Gaby Jacobs Carmen Schuhmann <p>This article addresses the question of how the COVID-19 pandemic has&nbsp;impacted on the activities, visibility, and recognizability of a chaplaincy team in a large&nbsp;healthcare facility in the Netherlands. In the context of a participatory action research&nbsp;project aimed at developing a clear chaplaincy profile in order to increase the visibility&nbsp;and recognizability of chaplains in the organization, the COVID-19 outbreak has had&nbsp;a surprising effect. The chaplains reported an unexpected and sudden increase in their&nbsp;visibility and a strengthening of their profile due to the pandemic. In this article, we&nbsp;explore how the chaplains have responded to the COVID-19 outbreak and reflect on the&nbsp;question of what lessons may be learned from the recent past period regarding visibility&nbsp;and recognizability of chaplaincy in healthcare organizations.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Pastoral Closeness in Physical Distancing 2020-10-20T21:49:07+00:00 Michael J. Byrne Daniel R. Nuzum <p>COVID-19 has posed immense challenges for society in general, and for&nbsp;those who work in healthcare in particular. The impact and burden of pandemic isolation&nbsp;on the emotional and physical welfare of patients and staff is well documented.&nbsp;Healthcare systems have come under unprecedented pressure as a result of the pandemic,&nbsp;alongside the imposition of isolation, visiting restrictions, and public health&nbsp;measures to curb the spread of this virus. For patients in hospital, isolation has been&nbsp;further compounded by the necessary use of personal protective equipment, which is a&nbsp;physical barrier to communication for both patients and healthcare staff. These restrictions&nbsp;have also impacted on how healthcare chaplains provide pastoral care to patients,&nbsp;their loved ones, and to colleagues. This article from the Republic of Ireland shares the&nbsp;experiences of healthcare chaplains in the provision of pastoral care through the use of&nbsp;virtual video-call technology by way of tablets and/or other mobile devices. This new&nbsp;approach has proved to be an innovative way of providing pastoral care while having&nbsp;to remain physically distant. Considering the well documented burden of isolation and&nbsp;the societal reality of quarantine, the use of technology is explored by healthcare chaplains&nbsp;with the aim of maintaining pastoral closeness and care.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd. Report for the Association of Chaplaincy in General Practice on Spiritual Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic 2020-10-20T22:52:20+00:00 Sarah Giffen Gordon Macdonald <p>Chaplaincy has been provided in primary care for over 20 years. There are&nbsp;various iterations across the United Kingdom, but their unifying purpose is personcentered&nbsp;holistic care delivered through listening and guidance. This report seeks to&nbsp;describe and analyse the impact of COVID-19 on chaplaincy services in primary care.&nbsp;Initial reflections highlight the range of presenting issues, old and new. Organizational&nbsp;factors such as logistical questions and virtual communication issues demonstrate the&nbsp;barriers faced by patients and chaplains, alongside new opportunities. As existing support&nbsp;networks and services have become less accessible, chaplaincy has a role to play&nbsp;in anticipating and responding to patients’ unmet needs. These include “losses,” both&nbsp;personal and communal, grief, both past and current, and questions of an existential&nbsp;nature. In responding to these challenges, chaplaincy should seek to be more visible,&nbsp;more intentional in identifying those at risk of loneliness, and more accessible to those&nbsp;less proficient in the new communication technologies, such as the elderly. This report&nbsp;suggests how chaplaincy will have a significant role in supporting patients with anxiety,&nbsp;lockdown traumas, loss of well-being, and the many socioeconomic effects of the&nbsp;pandemic.</p> 2020-09-14T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.