Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care - Des Plaines, IL

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Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care is seeking a Chaplain to join our team of professionals. We make a difference every day to patients and families coping with end of life illness in creating a center of excellence in hospice care.

The Chaplain is responsible for assessing the spiritual and religious needs of patients and their families, arranging for the provision of spiritual and religious support in accordance with their wishes, and supporting families in the bereavement process.


1. Completes the spiritual needs assessment of a patient and family when referred by the hospice interdisciplinary team.

2. Serves as liaison to the patient/family’s community of faith. In response to the needs of patient and family, advise patient/family clergy, or other spiritual caregiver, of the issues related to the terminal illness of the patient.

3. If patient and family do not have a religious affiliation but wish to receive pastoral care, provide for spiritual and religious support and services in accordance with the wishes and beliefs of the patient and family.

4. Documents the provision of spiritual care.

5. Attends team meetings and participate in the interdisciplinary review of the plan of care for patients and their families.

6. Networks with clergy and the lay community to provide information about hospice, and engage them as partners in the care of patients and families.

7. Participates in developing and enhancing the spiritual and religious support services provided by Seasons Hospice in collaboration with community clergy, laity, and other members of the hospice interdisciplinary team.

8. Provides spiritual counseling services to patients and family members, as needed.

9. Provides education about hospice, spiritual care, death and dying, grief and bereavement, living in the face of death, and other related topics to community groups (civic and religious).

10. Facilitates grief support groups as identified by the Bereavement Committee.

11. Participates and/or facilitate Seasons Hospice memorial services.

12. Provides bereavement counseling to family members, as identified.

13. Demonstrates commitment to the Seasons Hospice philosophy of care, values, mission statement and organizational culture.

14. Participates in the on-call schedule, as required.

15. Performs other related duties, as assigned.


1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, university or divinity school is required; Master’s Degree preferred.

2. Ordained, credentialed, or commissioned according to the practices of a recognized religious sect, or a division of a recognized religious sect.

3. A minimum of one Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) unit, as well as experience in a healthcare setting, required.

4. A minimum of one year supervised experience in a medical, educational or religious agency /institution.

5. Demonstrates excellent oral and written communication skills, presentation skills, and teaching skills.

6. Must have a reliable automobile, valid driver’s license, and the minimum state required liability auto insurance.