The call to chaplaincy came to Matt Moser in his early 20s, when his mother was diagnosed with cancer. He called a priest, who came to visit, and the two talked into the night until he was able to find peace.
This experience inspired Matt to pursue a religious vocation, later becoming a hospice chaplain at Fairview to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families and staff.
“I like to think of what I do as spiritual-moral support because I believe the fundamental goal of my care is to encourage,” says Matt.
Matt believes that hope is a choice.
“One patient, who ascribed to Buddhism, asked me to remind her amid the dying process what she believed, which was that dying was a growing process and a blessing to both future and past generations,” says Matt.
Hospice chaplains like Matt live the Fairview mission every day, understanding that healing is always possible even if curing isn’t and that spirituality is a big part of this.
As hospice care is palliative in nature, chaplains are part of Fairview’s hospital palliative care teams, playing an important role in creating continuity between inpatient care and hospice services.
“Like hospital chaplains, we are often paged to visit actively dying patients,” says Matt. “We may also visit the patient’s family after the death of the patient.”
Matt and his fellow chaplains are also involved in the community, offering education on grief and ethics, and they may lead memorial services of patients for whom they have provided care.
“My favorite memory was when a patient in his late 90s said to me, ‘I love you . . . I will remember you forever.’ I was so very touched,” Matt says.
Fairview hospice chaplains are members of an interdisciplinary team composed of the medical director, nurse case manager, social worker, music therapist and massage therapist. Learn more about Fairview Hospice.