top of page

Why You're Feeling Burned Out

Why You're Feeling Burned Out - 3 Mistakes Ruining Your Self-Care in the Hospice Environment


Working in hospice is emotionally and physically demanding. The nature of the work requires Chaplains to provide compassionate care to patients and their families during challenging times. However, it's essential to prioritize self-care to prevent burnout and maintain overall well-being. Unfortunately, many Chaplains make certain mistakes that undermine their self-care efforts. In this article, we will explore three common mistakes that can contribute to burnout.

Mistake 1: Neglecting Personal Boundaries

One mistake Chaplains often make is neglecting to set and enforce personal boundaries. It's crucial to establish limits on work hours, emotional availability, and respect personal time to recharge. Failing to do so can lead to constant feelings of exhaustion and emotional fatigue, ultimately eroding self-care.

Mistake 2: Failing to Seek Support

 Another mistake is not seeking support from colleagues, supervisors, or support groups. The work of the hospice Chaplain is difficult to say the least; therefore, having a network of support is vital. By sharing experiences, seeking guidance, and venting frustrations, Chaplains can alleviate debilitating stress and prevent burnout.

Mistake 3: Ignoring Emotional Well-being

Chaplains often prioritize the needs of others, neglecting their own emotional well-being in the process. They may suppress their emotions or avoid seeking help when needed. It's crucial to acknowledge and address emotions, whether through therapy, journaling, or regular self-reflection. Ignoring emotional well-being can lead to increased stress, anxiety, and eventually, burnout.


In the demanding hospice context, self-care is essential for Chaplains to provide the best support to patients and their families. By avoiding mistakes such as neglecting personal boundaries, failing to seek support, and ignoring emotional well-being, Chaplains can cultivate a healthier work-life balance and prevent burnout. Prioritizing self-care not only benefits Chaplains but also enhances the quality of care provided to patients. By recognizing and addressing these mistakes, Chaplains can ensure their own well-being while continuing to make a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

How a reputation is lost…

There are a few things a hospice chaplain must hold near and dear to his heart: respect, pastoral care skills, and relational skills.  Respect given and received will keep the chaplain in good stead w


bottom of page