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Hospitals expanding duties of chaplains

Boston Globe, August 31, 2009

Requests for hospital chaplains—from both religious and nonreligious patients and families—are growing in part because hospitals are caring for sicker patients who are more often grappling with questions about aggressive care and death. The number of Latino patients also has grown, chaplains said, and many of these patients are deeply religious. Also, as hospitals have expanded the role and number of chaplains, they’ve become more visible and available.