Four Seasons’ Chaplain
Hello I’m Bo Phillips, a local minister who has lived in Western North Carolina my entire life. I have had the privilege of being a Hospice Chaplain going on seven years now.
When I was first asked by a local physician, who was also the medical director for a hospice, to apply to be a Hospice Chaplain, I said, “No way.”
My understanding of hospice care at that time was that it was for the last day or two of someone’s life. Then I was asked to do a ride-a-long with a chaplain. In doing so, the patients and families touched my heart in a way that humbled me and made me very honored to be able to be invited in and be part of their family during a very personal end- of-life journey.
I knew immediately there was work to be done!
As a chaplain at Four Seasons Compassion for Life here in Western North Carolina, I am able to continue providing care and support for those in our community with end-of-life care services. I also have the privilege of providing education to our community. It has allowed me to debunk many myths about hospice and palliative care. In my experience, the earlier one can be admitted to Four Seasons, the greater their quality of life. I believe that early admission can even extend days of life and some studies show an increase of life expectancy up to 90 days when compared to those who do not receive hospice care.
I was always told, and truly believe, if one finds what they enjoy for a career, they will never work another day in their life. I have found that to be true for me! I thank Four Season CFL for allowing me to be a part of a wonderful community organization. They provide a much-needed service in our area and regardless of a person’s ability to pay, a Care Team, medicine, equipment, supplies and support are available.
For more information about Four Seasons Compassion for Life call the Highlands branch office at (828) 526-2552. You may visit them online at FourSeasonsCFL.org or call (866) 466-9734.