Rawlings School of Divinity
Doctor of Ministry (DMin)
Donald Q. Hicks
Other Religion | Practical Theology | Religion
Bruner, Wayne, "How to Live While Ministering to the Dying: A Guide for Hospice Chaplains" (2018). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1805.
Burnout, turnover, and attrition are common among hospice chaplains. A guidebook to hospice chaplaincy, prepared by a veteran hospice chaplain, would articulate the specific characteristics, habits, ministry mindsets, lifestyle interests, spiritual development, and support systems that have proven effective in the lives and ministries of long-tenured hospice chaplains. Such a practical and biblical guidebook would be a welcomed tool for individuals considering hospice ministry, for novice chaplains, and for hospice organizations since it would foster chaplains’ resiliency and quality of life by showing what it means to “live” while ministering to the dying. This guidebook will review best practices in hospice ministry provided by a review of the literature, a qualitative survey of hospice chaplains on LinkedIn who have served five years or longer with an analysis of the results, and a review of thanatological and theological principles regarding death and dying.