Chaplains: Companions for the Journey

At twenty-eight years old, Son-Djerry Cameus might seem surprisingly young for a hospice chaplain. But his calling to this all-important role of listener and spiritual companion was clear.

It all began in 2017 with Cameus’ visits to a hospitalized relative battling cancer. Cameus’ gift for relating to the patients and families at the hospital caught the nurses’ attention. “You should talk with the volunteer department about coming more regularly,” one nurse told him. So he did. Not long after, Cameus enrolled in the seminary, earned his master’s degree in theology, and was ordained a minister. He joined Delaware Hospice’s spiritual care team in 2021 after seeing the tremendous care his own grandfather received from the Delaware Hospice staff.

At Delaware Hospice, we have begun holding bedside ceremonies to honor our Veteran patients in a way that reflects their military service. The ceremonies include: written passages of scripture, music, presentation of a handmade blanket, and a Certificate of Appreciation.

“We’ve heard of it being done after death, but didn’t know it could be done before he died.”

— The Family of Private First Class John Quinn, patient
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