One Year Later
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
2020 will be a year seared into our collective memory with the impact of COVID-19. It was a year ago in March, that like many of you, my work, as a hospice chaplain for Vitas Healthcare in San Diego, Calif. changed dramatically. I no longer saw patients and their families in person. Our youngest child, a sophomore in high school, began online classes as her high school closed “temporarily.” To this day, she is still online.
Over the summer months, I gradually began to see only a third of my patients in person with all the proper precautions but many of the facilities would only allow the nurse or home health aide to enter. I had to help families figure out different ways to hold funerals and bereavement rituals when they could not be together in person. Zoom and FaceTime became important tools of communication. We even gathered for our annual chaplain training in September via Zoom.
I finished my work as a hospice chaplain on December 31 to begin this new journey as the Director of Chaplaincy and Care. I am thrilled to be the new director and that I will serve alongside Sarah and Carol. Sarah will be working as a ministry consultant and Carol will continue as the administrative assistant.
Our hope for this coming year is to continue our support to you as we now enter year two of dealing with COVID. I look forward to building relationships and hearing from you. And perhaps, as the vaccinations continue to be administered, we will once again be able to see each other in person. May our Lord continue to uphold us in these days and give us the strength to be instruments of mercy and hope!
Grace and Peace,
Director of Chaplaincy and Care