From my personal experience of being a hospital chaplain, I remember how difficult it was when there were back to back, consecutive deaths of few young cancer patients on my unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, the hospital I was chaplain interning. The scale of grief encountered by chaplains in this pandemic is too much for any chaplain to navigate their way through if relying on one’s own emotional capacity. One’s sense of calling and connection to God/divine, and support of friends and family are necessary for getting through hour by hour.
This article “How Hospital Chaplains Try to Keep the Faith During the Coronavirus Pandemic” is a powerful account of hospital chaplains experience now. True heroes. One chaplain, Carly Misenheimer, a chaplain at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle said, “I’m just overwhelmed by the reality that everyone is grieving the same thing right now.”