In recognition of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, those of us at Mountain View Memorial Park want to acknowledge Sherry Shultz , Chaplain and Manager of Volunteer Services of Fransiscan Hospice and Palliative Care for her accomplishments. Sherry has worked in the hospice profession for 18 years, and worked as an occupational therapist for several mental health agencies in the past. After becoming Development Director for Hospice and Home Care of Snohomish County, she pursued a theological education at Seattle University to further her hospice career. Sherry reveals some inspiring insights in an interview:
Sherry describes an emotional experience that deeply impacted her being with her husband when he passed away. She claims that this event gave her awareness of how much control people have over their lives and how much they need support. She says that the death of a loved one “really tests your limits” and that she had to rely on her personal faith throughout that time. Sherry also recalls the death of her mother, another heart-wrenching experience. Her experience with loss helps her relate to the patients she works with.
Sherry views every bit of care she provides as holy, whether it is a bath or a medical consultation. Her realization of the importance of her work motivates her to keep going and do the best that she can. She explains that every person’s contribution is important to those who need care.
Advice to Others
Sherry says integrity is the key to forming and maintaining great relationships with patients and families. It helps form a deep, meaningful relationship. She also explains the importance of being a good listener, something she learned over time. She claims that it is okay to not have all the answers-sometimes silence is the best answer. Lastly, Sherry encourages future caregivers to develop skills consistent with their calls, whether it be in the medical field, spiritual care, or as a volunteer.
To learn more about Sherry or hospice and palliative care, visit our website to read the full interview.