An Interview with Lorraine Leist on the Power of Palliative Care Chaplaincy
Former Faculty Member for the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care Shares Her Wisdom, Experience
Editor’s note: The Rev. Lorraine Leist, M.Div., is a palliative care chaplain at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, Wash., and an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, with a board certification in chaplaincy by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). For the past two years, Leist served as a faculty member for the CSU Shiley Institute for Palliative Care’s Essentials of Palliative Care Chaplaincy course. She is now pursing her Doctor of Divinity degree.
Institute – Q: Why Should Chaplains Learn About Palliative Care?
Leist – A: First, as part of the healthcare team, chaplains need to be able to understand the principles and practice of palliative care, and recognize the need for it as they interact with patients in various settings. For chaplains, learning about palliative care also means learning about chaplaincy in a team setting.