Carla Cheatham

Rev. Dr. Carla Cheatham is the Section Leader for the National Council of Hospice and Palliative Professionals Spiritual Caregiver Section, and, the co-founder of the Texas New Mexico Hospice Organization’s Chaplain Development Committee. Carla travels extensively to train hospice and palliative care professionals of all disciplines in spiritual care, ethical boundaries, care for persons with dementia, effective communication, the art of presence and connection, and much more. She is the author of Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life, 38 short stories of her work as a hospice chaplain designed to help persons understand hospice more and fear it less. It is available through Amazon (paperback and E-book) and Audible (audio book). Learn more at CarlaCheatham.com.

Video Excerpt About a Young Mother & $0.99 eBook for NHDD

In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, we in the palliative world have been sharing tools and information to help persons understand the importance of making their healthcare wishes known. When we can hear what it is persons most want,…

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Caring Respectfully for Non-Theists Part III: Definitions & Myths

In 2013, the Spiritual Caregivers Section of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conducted a survey of spiritual care counselors and their managers from over 3800 hospice and palliative care programs across the country.  When asked about their top…

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Caring Respectfully for Non-Theists Part II: How We Conduct This Dialogue

In 2013, the Spiritual Caregivers Section of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conducted a survey of spiritual care counselors and their managers from over 3800 hospice and palliative care programs across the country.  When asked about their top…

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Caring Respectfully for Non-Theists Part I: Introduction

In 2013, the Spiritual Caregivers Section of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conducted a survey of spiritual care counselors and their managers from over 3800 hospice and palliative care programs across the country.  When asked about their top…

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When a Patient Asks You to Pray…5 Things to Consider

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Manifesto for Competent Spiritual Care: 7 Things That Matter

As a spiritual caregiver, I regularly hear persons ask, “Why?”, so I understand the power of that simple question sometimes whispered in anguish, sometimes forced out through teeth gritted in anger, and other times stammered out in shock. But a…

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Two-Minute Poll: What Content Do You Want? (Free eBook for Respondents)

Friends, Please take this 2-minute poll and earn a FREE copy of Hospice Whispers: Stories of Life. Helping care professionals feel more equipped, empowered, and reassured that they’re capable of making a profound difference in the lives of others is…

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Misty-Eyed or Ugly Cry?: Part II–How Do We Hold the Line?

Misty-Eyed or Ugly Cry?: Part II How Do We Hold the Line? By Carla Cheatham (a 6-minute read)   Care professionals are often with people in the most painful and poignant moments of their lives.  It’s one thing to watch…

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Misty-Eyed or Ugly Cry?: Part I

Misty-Eyed or Ugly Cry?: Part I Where’s the Line? by Carla Cheatham (a 5-minute read) How much is too much when it comes to expressing emotion around patients and families?  I believe opinions here, as with many things in this…

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How Do We Actually Increase Cultural Humility?

Cultural Humility: How Do We Actually DO It? Last week, I wrote about the need for cultural humility that moves beyond tolerance, which can come across as condescension and judgment.  I discussed the risk we face of damaging our ability…

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