Pastoral care issues are rising to the forefront of cultural conversation. There are many organizations, support groups, and educational resources meant to provide care for caregivers, as well as creating dialogue amongst those in our field. Here, we’ve compiled a list of organizations, articles, and websites touching on a variety of topics. Feel free to use the table of contents below to find resources related to a specific area of interest, or to peruse our entire list. We want this page to continue to grow, evolve, and educate as the work of chaplaincy does, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. Enjoy.
Useful Organizations and Support Groups
|Chicago Area Support Groups||Healthcare|
|Religious Groups||National Agencies|
Articles, Reflections, and News
|General||Caregiving and Healthcare|
|Advocacy||End of Life Issues|
|Alzheimer's Support||Self Care|
|Bishop Anderson House provides various publications on upcoming events, current research, and tools for chaplaincy.|
- The Association of Professional Chaplains
- The Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
- The International Council on Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Family Caregiver Alliance
- Veterans Administration Caregiver Support
- Strength for Caring
- Medicare Caregiving
- Assembly of Episcopal Healthcare Chaplains
- National Association of Catholic Chaplains
- National Association of Jewish Chaplains
- Association of Muslim Chaplains
- Buddhist Chaplains Network
- American Cancer Society
- Cancer Alliance for Research, Education, and Survivorship
- National Cancer Institute
- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
- National Institutes of Health
- National Institute of Mental Health
- GPS for the Soul is a Huffington Post compendium of op-ed pieces, articles, and research about self-care, illness, and spirituality. The archives are updated regularly.
- “Life, Death, and Politics: Treating Chicago’s Uninsured” Dr. David Ansell, Chief Medical Officer of the Rush University Medical Center, reflects on his experiences and learnings during his 17-year tenure at the Cook County Hospital. For more, check out Ansell’s book, County: Life, Death, and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital.
- “Discovery to Recovery: Godly Play for Alzheimer’s Patients“: The Rev. Lois Howard, Diocese of Lexington, discusses the challenges of Godly Play ministry with Alzheimer’s patients, thoughts on starting a ministry, adaptations for the parish setting, and how to structure Godly Play for this particular group.
- In this video, author Lisa Genova discusses her novel, Still Alice. The novel tells the story of Alice Howland, a Harvard professor who at the age of 50 finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s. To read more about the book, visit the author’s web page.
- “The Sense of an Ending“: In this article, Rebecca Mead studies the Beatitudes Campus, a retirement home in Phoenix, AZ. Beatitudes aims at offering dementia patients- “people who have trouble thinking”- comfortable decline instead of imposing a medical model of care, which seeks to defer death through escalating interventions.
- “Grief at the Holidays“: The holidays can be especially difficult for those burdened by loss and grief. In this article, the Rev. Sue Wintz, chaplain, offers a short list of things to recall when considering the care of those living with grief.
- In his 2009 seminal article “The Cost Conundrum,” surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande examines why the small border city of McAllen, TX, was the most expensive place for healthcare in the United States.
- The Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life provides current data and studies on the state of healthcare, end of life issues, and more in the United States.
- The Conversation Project is an organization dedicated to helping people talk about their wished for end-of-life care. The Project is committed to making these difficult conversations easier and making sure that our own wishes and those of our loved ones are expressed and respected.
- Tweeting Death: Author Megan O’Rourke reflects on the cultural attitude toward death and dying, as well as the ways social media and technology may be changing how we grieve.
- “A Better Way to Die“: In this article, Amelia Martyn-Hemphill calls for the integration of palliative care and chaplaincy. The author reflects on the ways in which medical culture might shift its “death as failure” attitude to instead prioritize quality of life over quantity.
- In Being Mortal, surgeon and public health researcher Atul Gawande examines the limitations and failures of modern medicine as life draws to a close, and challenges us to do better.
- The University of Buffalo offers an extensive Self-Care Starter Kit that offers guidance on creating a personal self-care plan, as well as resources to use in the vital work of self-care.
|Spiritual Screening, written by Jay Risk and George Fitchett.||Spiritual Screening PDF|
|Thrive Magazine article on the Volunteer Lay Chaplain's Training Program.||THRIVE! Magazine PDF|
|Partners in Caring, a partner organization of RUMC, UIC, and Stroger Hospitals to provide pastoral care to those who have lost children.||Partners in Caring Brochure PDF|
|The Pretty Good, Comprehensive-ish Book of Prayers (and Scriptures, too) for Chaplains||The Book of Prayer for Chaplains|