I am still amazed about how my journey has brought me to Grane Hospice. I joined the Navy immediately out of high school and became a cryptologist, then later a Navy counselor. After I retired from the Navy, I became a Federal Police Officer for the United States Navy. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Christian Education, at the time thinking I wanted to be a teacher. So, after 8 years with the Federal Police Force, I was in the process of organizing a Chaplain’s program for the department. However, one day, as I was talking to someone about this goal, they offered me a part-time chaplain position. At first, I did not feel I had the qualifications to be a chaplain, but I gave it a shot. Over the next 6 months, I was Officer Searfoss by day, Chaplain Searfoss by night. I quickly realized that working two jobs (that I loved, might I add) began to take their toll. However, I was able to complete my doctorate at this time, now more than ever torn with what direction to take my life. I prayed and I prayed, realizing, one day, it was the time I had to make a decision. Shortly after, I walked into the Chief of Police’s office and handed him my two-week notice. To many’s disbelief, and my own, I walked away from a federal job to be a full-time Hospice Chaplain. That was almost 16 years ago.
Over the years, I have learned that being a part of, and caring for, people on their journey with death is a privilege. It is something I do not take lightly; with humility and compassion, I strive to make every journey as peaceful as possible. I have learned so much from my fellow team members, families and patients that I marvel at the blessings I have been given through this hospice journey.
Because I am a Navy Veteran, there is a special place in my heart for our military veterans. Hearing their stories and listening to history from their point-of-view is something I find both fascinating and exciting. Therefore, I love that Grane Hospice is a partner with the We Honor Veterans Program.
All in all, I work for Grane Hospice because it is the best hospice in Pennsylvania in my opinion, and I only work for the best! So, whether I am saying a prayer, singing a hymn, photographing a special event, play DJ at a Halloween party, or dressed as Santa Claus, there is no other hospice or group of people I would rather do it with than my family at Grane Hospice Care.