Spiritual Care at Hospice Visions

Spiritual Care

Hospice Visions provides spiritual care to individuals and their families at a difficult time in their lives.


Spiritual Care

  • A team approach is used for the care of those at the end of life and their loved ones.
  • Spiritual care is offered to patients and their loved ones regardless of belief system.
  • Our team can offer emotional counseling during an often difficult point in a person's life.
  • Our team can coordinate with patients' clergy for their spiritual care.
  • Chaplains can assist with funeral planning and can officiate a funerals when requested.

"Visions of Hope" Support Group

Grief and bereavement support group in an open format for those who have experienced a loss of any kind

  • When: Every Thursday from 5 pm to 6 pm
  • Where: Hospice Visions Office Conference Room
  • 455 Park View Loop, Twin Falls, Idaho 83301
  • Contact: Tonya Kemper, MSW, Hospice Visions, LLC, 208-735-0121

Bereavement Care

The Hospice Visions Bereavement Program provides families with grief support for 13 months after the death of a loved one. The first year following the death of someone you love can be a difficult time and our Bereavement Team is available to support the survivors. Having a strong support system in place is an important part of the healing process. Our Bereavement Team understands the unique needs that often occur when working through grief.

Services may include:
  • Phone calls
  • Condolence literature
  • Individual grief loss counseling
  • Support groups
  • Community bereavement activities

Community Bereavement

Hospice Visions, LLC maintains a strong commitment to providing bereavement services to members of the community. Individuals who have experienced a loss can also access bereavement services regardless of former affiliation with Hospice Visions, LLC.

Children's Bereavement Services

Hospice Visions is proud to partner with other community organizations to provide bereavement support for children through "Because Kids Grieve".

For additional information on "Because Kids Grieve", contact Mike Seward at 208-352-2994, e-mail: info@becausekidsgrieve.org, or visit their website at becausekidsgrieve.org.

Spiritual Needs - Hospice Visions
Left to right: Gary Cowden, Alice Long, John Copen

Spiritual Care Advisors

Gary Cowden

Rev. Gary Cowden is a Board Certified Chaplain with a specialty certification in the treatment of Moral Injury. He is ordained and endorsed by Venture Church (formerly Conservative Baptist Assoc.) and has pastored two churches in Washington State. Most recently he was Chief of Chaplain Service for VA Puget Sound in Seattle until his retirement from federal service.

Chaplain Cowden is an Army Veteran and loves ministry to fellow Vets.

Chaplain Cowden is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A.), Multnomah School of the Bible (Th.B.), and Western Conservative Baptist Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Currently he is serving on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Veterans Affairs Chaplains, a national certifying body for Chaplains, and works part time for Hospice Visions in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Chaplain Cowden is married (52 years) to Twila; they have two children and six grandchildren

Alice Long

Alice Long is an ordained, non-denominational minister, having nine years experience as a hospice chaplain.

She holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree in Franklian Psychology (Logotherapy) from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Logotherapy is a meaning-centered therapeutic form of psychology that works well with the terminally ill and their families. It centers on the personal discovery of meaning, even in the most miserable of circumstances and the unchangeable fate of death.

She is a faculty member of the Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy, teaching accredited classes for the institute. She has presented papers at the International Logotherapy Congress several times and taught Logotherapy in Israel. She has papers published in the International Logotherapy Forum, the official publication of the Victor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. Her emphasis in those presentations/papers were "Finding Meaning" in the dying process for the patient and/or family and "Finding Meaning and Reaching a New Normal" in bereavement.

John Copen

John is a ten year Navy Veteran. He is an ordained pastor and expositional Bible teacher.

John is a lifelong Magic Valley resident with deep ties to the communities he serves. He is married to Susan with 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

John joined the Hospice Visions team in April 2023.

Dick Goetsch

Dick Goetsch

Dick is an Army veteran from the Korean Conflict 1953-55, hospice chaplain since 1985, ordained in 1988, and was an original volunteer chaplain for Hospice Visions at their opening in 1995. Currently, he is active as a hospice chaplain since 2005.

Dick is presently serving the veterans community as a Hospice Visions veteran volunteer.

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