Hospice Chaplain

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Location: Watertown, MA
Job ID: 175659-1A
Date Posted: Jun 20, 2022
Category: Professional

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Job Description

Welcome To

Welcome To Beth Israel Lahey Health at Home - Watertown. Our team provides high-quality home care and hospice services by partnering with physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities to provide specialized care to patients in the comfort of their own home. Our team of nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, and speech), medical social workers, and home health aides work together to devise and implement a compassionate care plan that is expressly tailored for each patient.

About the Job

The hospice chaplains provides spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families. Makes spiritual assessments of patients, taking into account mental, emotional, physical and spiritual stresses, and responds with appropriate counseling and care. The hospice chaplain is a member of the hospice interdisciplinary team and develops an individualized plan of care for each patient.

About Us

Beth Israel Lahey Health is dedicated to improving health and wellness and making a difference in the lives of our patients, their families and all members of the communities we serve.  Formed in March 2019, Beth Israel Lahey Health is a patient-centered, integrated care delivery system providing a continuum of services spanning academic, tertiary and community hospitals, dedicated orthopedic and psychiatric hospitals, primary and specialty care, community acute care, ambulatory care, behavioral services and home health.  

Equal Opportunity Employer/Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans.


Essential Duties and Responsibilites, including but not limited to:

  • To represent a spiritual presence and connection with the religious/spiritual roots of the hospice philosophy.
  • To provide a constant reminder to hospice workers that beyond the physical and emotional support we give, our patients may desire to have spiritual resources of their choosing.
  • To be a spiritual resource to team members and assist them in their growth or in dealing with their grief.
  • To document the patient/family’s religious/spiritual needs and resources on the intake/assessment form and to complete progress notes in the patient’s chart following each contact.
  • To raise, when appropriate in a patient care conference, the possibility of spiritual needs of the patient and family, and to report interventions.
  • To provide, when invited, direct spiritual counsel, prayer and sacraments to patients and their families.
  • To interface with the patient/families’ own clergyman, rabbi or their own congregation, if requested.
  • To provide encouragement to patients and families to make arrangements in advance regarding the funeral, wills, requests, obituaries and interment.
  • To provide literature and spiritual resources that may be of assistance to patients and families.
  • To complete Bereavement Risk Assessments according to procedural guidelines.
  • To attend scheduled patient care conferences, Quality Improvement Meetings; staff meetings and all other applicable meetings and services.
  • To participate in the patient/family problem-oriented care plan.
  • Offer a spiritual opening at the beginning of patient care conference.
  • To attend required agency events such as memorial services.
  • The Chaplain is required to provide point of service electronic charting and documentation at time of patient visit or admission.

Organizational Requirements:

  • Maintain strict adherence to the Continuing Care Confidentiality policy.
  • Incorporate Continuing Care Standards of Behavior and Guiding Principles into daily activities.
  • Comply with all Continuing Care Policies.
  • Comply with behavioral expectations of the Continuing Care Division.
  • Maintain courteous and effective interactions with colleagues and patients.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the job description, performance expectations, and competency assessment.
  • Demonstrate a commitment toward meeting and exceeding the needs of our customers and consistently adheres to Customer Service standards.
  • Participate in departmental and/or interdepartmental quality improvement activities. 
  • Participate in and successfully completes Mandatory Education.
  • Perform all other duties as needed or directed to meet the needs of the department.



  • BS or BA in theology, religion, human services, sociology, or related field, from an accredited college or university.
  • A Master's Degree in counseling, psychology, theology or divinity from an accredited college or university is strongly preferred.

Licensure, Certification & Registration:

  • Certificate of Ordination preferred.
  • Must be a licensed driver with an automobile that is insured in accordance with state requirements and in good working order.


  • Minimum two years pastoral experience in a hospital or community ministry preferred.
  • Experience counseling patients and families who are dealing with terminal illness.

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Ability to be open, flexible and represent various religious beliefs.
  • Understanding of hospice philosophy and principles.
  • Ability to be self-directed, flexible, and work effectively within an interdisciplinary team. 
  • Ability to operate a computer and/or a tablet OC, and proficiency with Windows-based software programs, is required.