Don't try to hide reality, make the situation funny, or assure the
patient that everything will be better.
As you listen to the
soldier, be permissive, focused, accepting, and understanding of the
soldier's opinions and feelings.
Try to help the patient discover the spiritual resources and
dimensions related to the illness or hospitalization or to life
Pray with the patient or read scripture if the soldier desires. Do
not make any promises that you may not be able to keep.
concluding the visit try to determine if there are any special needs
that should be passed along to the chaplain.
Don't linger once the visit has come to a natural conclusion and you
are ready to leave.
Give the patient chaplain-approved religious literature if you have
any and the soldier indicates a desire for it. And finally, arrange
for any follow-up visits with the patient, if appropriate.
Follow-up the Hospital Visit.
Prior to leaving the hospital, you should brief the ward supervisory
personnel concerning the visit. Inform the ward staff of any health-related
conditions you may have noticed during your visit.
When you return to the UMT, you should brief the chaplain concerning the
situation with the person. Remember, you should share all the information
with the chaplain and only with the chaplain.