Chaplaincy - Dementia

Sister Julia Crathorn CA
Mental Health Chaplain and Anna Chaplain

How and why did you get involved in chaplaincy?
I have always been drawn to the person who is left out, and older people are often dismissed, seen as having little to offer, whereas I believe everyone has something to offer. Chaplaincy with older people is a ministry of being rather than doing, an opportunity to enrich lives and to help people live well with dementia.  In chaplaincy, you always get back far more than you give.

What do you like/enjoy about it?
The element of chaplaincy I most enjoy is coming alongside others, praying with them, being a friend at times of need.  Running the weekly Bible Study group is hugely rewarding, as is welcoming new residents so that they feel part of the care home. A resident in my current home is unsure where she stands spiritually but attends our Bible studies, always open to questioning and exploring with us.  It is wonderful to see her growing in faith.


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