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Circle of Love Chaplain Named Oklahoma’s Spiritual Counselor of the Year for Hospice
Hospice spiritual services can come in many forms and Hospice Circle of Love Chaplain Gary Miller has a knack for providing just what is needed to each patient he sees. His special skill set was recognized Thursday, when he was named Spiritual Counselor of the Year by the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association (OHPCA) at their 2014 annual conference in Tulsa.
In his work as a hospice Chaplain, Gary provides spiritual comfort to both terminally ill patients and their families. Reading the Bible and praying are common activities during his visits. He is also there to listen. Talk often turns to life after death and Gary seems to know just what to say to put someone’s mind at ease.
Sometimes Gary is asked to be the one to perform the funeral for a hospice patient or their family member, due to the fact that he has become that family’s closest spiritual advisor. He is an important part of Circle of Love’s Bereavement team as well. This includes co-facilitating community grief groups, helping with the annual Tree of Life Celebration and making phone calls to families.
Gary has made such a difference in the lives of so many patients and families at such an important time. He is always there to provide support and compassion, when it’s needed most.
The Spiritual Counselor of the Year Award nominations are read and voted on by hospice workers in another state. Criteria for consideration includes the nominees history and relationship to hospice, their role and scope of activity and the impact they make on hospice care and in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Circle of Love’s Executive Director Chad Caldwell, who is also the current President of the OHPCA, was honored to present Gary with his award.
Tree of Life
December 7th, 3:00 PM
Gantz Center at NOC’s Enid Campus
Call or stop by the office to order your ornament
Area residents will gather to remember loved ones at a memorial celebration on Sunday, December 7th. Hospice Circle of Love’s 25th annual Tree of Life event will be held at the Gantz Center at NOC’s Enid Campus and will start at 3:00 PM.
Decorating the hall will be a trio of Christmas trees adorned with tagged ornaments containing the names of those being remembered at the event. All of Hospice Circle of Love’s parents who have died in the last year, will automatically be included at no cost to the family. Anyone else in the community who would like to participate can remember their loved one with a $25.00 tax deductible donation.
This year’s ornaments will be a silver bell. All ornaments will be available for family members to take home following Tree of Life. The celebration will include reading of the names on the trees, a brief spiritual message, a Christmas musical performance and a cookie and punch reception.
Invitations for Tree of Life will be mailed out in early November. You can also come by the office to sign up to participate
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