What My Hospice means is different to each individual and family we serve. For Bert Snyder, it means providing holistic care through spiritual support to patients and their families as chaplain for Renown Hospice.

Bert became a hospice chaplain as a way to incorporate spiritual, psychological and emotional care for the patients he works worth. Together with others on the care team, he aims to honor each patient and bring them and their family’s peace and comfort.

Visiting each patient’s home, Bert takes pride in providing patients and their families with individual care that meets their spiritual needs. One of the most rewarding parts of Bert’s job is the opportunity to listen as patients express their emotions on their end-of-life journeys and provide comfort by addressing questions that they have. Comparing the power of hospice to the beauty of art, Bert says:

“We really are a canvas of many different colors. These different colors represent an incredible care team. And we meet you there on that canvas. And we get to learn your story. We get to understand you as an individual. And then we partner together as an artist to bring those colors together to paint something truly beautiful.”

As Medicare’s first coordinated care model, we must protect the services provided by spiritual caregivers like Bert under the hospice Medicare Hospice Benefit.

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