Michelle’s budget is made by the Administrator and Director of Clinical Services of theHospice. The spiritual decisions are made by Michelle in the faith community. Michelle statesthat she has a very wide community network of clergy of all faiths. Michelle places calls toPriests, Ministers, Rabbis, Clerics, Nuns, and all members of “God’s community”.
Whatever canhelp the patient is what I do. Michelle involves the entire faith community to provide the best possible care to all individuals who cross her path.In response to the posed question, what is your
concept of the faith community?Michelle states that a faith community is “the relationships we all have with God and oneanother”(personal communication, March 28, 2008).
The mission of Michelle’s faith communityis to help patients die in a dignified and peaceful manner. Ervin (as cited in Hickman, 2006)discusses the concept of “community as a relational experience” as a more complex idea…Here,community is defined as the everyday life experience of living and “being in” community ishaving a sense of connection…collective memories, hopes and dreams” ( p. 94). Michelleidentifies “we can live with hope and continue to enjoy life until we leave here [die]”(personalcommunication, April 1, 2008).
Michelle is unable to provide any “hands-on” care to the patient.The only physical contact Michelle professionally is hand holding, hugs, and shoulders to “cry-on”.
Michelle attends every single patient admission to hospice as the family is present and“there are so many issues that arise at this time because the family and patient feels that they aregiving up hope”.
Michelle identifies that “We don’t give up home we just reframe hope. We canhope for a peaceful, pain-free death with our loved ones present”.
Michelle loves her job and ithas given a special meaning to her life. Michelle keeps a picture of Lizzie on her desk. “I dothis for her because I couldn’t be there when she died. This job gives my life meaning”.Michelle’s faith is very universal. “I love all faiths. However, everyone attaches a different