these categories. Be prepared to devote a considerable
amount of your time and attention to making sure these
files are complete and up to date. Remember, the
percentage of retired and elderly persons in our society
is steadily increasing.
The retired and elderly may
constitute a significant percentage of the clientele
seeking help at your religious ministries facility (RMF).
In your career, you will encounter many different types
of people. Some of these people will be trying to cope with
tragic and traumatic circumstances. The information in the
following paragraphs should help you understand your role
of assisting your chaplain in these events.
PROVIDING ASSISTANCE TO
People spend their time, energy, and means setting
up their lives in a certain way. When a crisis takes place,
many plans and hopes are disrupted and altered, perhaps
forever. Change is dreadfully trying for some people.
When change occurs, people will often turn to a Navy
chaplain for help. The reactions people will have to
changes, certainly to unanticipated and sudden ones,
will vary widely.
As an RP, you will inevitably be in a situation in
which you must deal with distraught or overwrought
persons. Types of RMF encountersroutine,
ceremonial, and dramatic-are outlined in figure 2-8.
You should be able to recognize these situations by their
Routine and ceremonial encounters will seldom
require any radical decision-making responses on your
part. Dramatic encounters, however, are another story.
In dramatic encounters, you will deal with people in
extreme crises. In general, these people will be reacting
to a condition that has deprived them, or is threatening
Readily available solutions
Just another client
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Habitual performance of an
ordinary, established procedure
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Brief visit, unplannedby the
Hidden time bombs
Chain reaction to events
A transitional ceremony occurs
when a new drama emerged in a
brief visit providing an
opportunity to lessen anxiety
Seeks new advice, but does take
Always the same
A maintenance ceremony occurs
after a drama ends and reasoning
Those encounters occurring over
time and involving conflict(s) or
intense emotion(s) or both
Figure 2-8.Types of RMF encounters.