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SSM Health Chaplain, Hospice in Saint Louis, Missouri


At SSM Health, we know the healing power of presence begins with compassionate employees like you. As a Chaplain, you’ve chosen a career where patients matter—a lot.

We are seeking a PRN/casual hours Chaplain who is flexible, autonomous and compassionate. In this position you will travel to patient homes and facilities to provide end of life care. Our hospice team is dedicated to helping patients achieve the best quality of life possible, managing symptoms, pain, and anxiety, while providing emotional and spiritual support for our patients and families.

In return, you can expect a work environment where:

  • Flexibility in an everchanging work environment;

  • Each employee finds meaning in work, leveraging skills and talents toward a greater purpose;

  • Teamwork and collaboration is encouraged, while management is supportive.


  • Provides spiritual assessment to palliative care patients and their families, including spiritual distress and wounding, identifying sources of strength and meaning, forgiveness and reconciliation, closure and EOL concerns, pain and suffering, life review, preparation for death and grief support.

  • Develops, describes and advances the plan of care specific to spiritual/emotional issues with the palliative care team; acts as spiritual care leader to other members of the team.

  • Chooses and utilizes appropriate pastoral care interventions and counseling techniques targeted to intended outcomes.

  • Supports and prepares caregivers and families for their role in the care of the patient and addresses conflicts if appropriate.

  • Provides grief counseling and bereavement support to patients and families experiencing end-of-life and loss.

  • Help to identify and interpret cultures and faith traditions that impact health care practice and decisions.

  • Provides and/or coordinates the provision of religious resources including prayer, sacramental ministry, rituals, and linkages to community clergy when appropriate.

  • Facilitates or assists in complex goals of care discussions, family meetings and other conversations about goals, values, and emotional/spiritual/cultural needs.

  • Provides education on sustainable practice and spiritual needs of palliative care patients and families to fellows, residents, medical students, nurses and chaplains rotating with the palliative care service as well as throughout the hospital.

  • Complies with standards for timely submission, accuracy, and completeness of documentation in the medical record and collects all required statistical data.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master's degree in Divinity or related field


  • One year experience in hospice or palliative care chaplaincy settings, including care of the imminently dying and their families


  • Frequent lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 0-25 lbs.

  • Frequent sitting, standing, walking, reaching and repetitive foot/leg and hand/arm movements.

  • Frequent use of vision and depth perception for distances near (20 inches or less) and far (20 feet or more) and to identify and distinguish colors.

  • Frequent use of hearing and speech to share information through oral communication. Ability to hear alarms, malfunctioning machinery, etc.

  • Frequent keyboard use/data entry.

  • Occasional bending, stooping, kneeling, squatting, twisting and gripping.

  • Occasional lifting/carrying and pushing/pulling objects weighing 25-50 lbs.

  • Rare climbing.

SSM Health is committed to equal employment opportunity based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, veteran status, and all other statuses protected by law.