Ceceley Chambers is a Pediatric Palliative Care Chaplain, Certified Pediatric Chaplain, Registered Member of the Pediatric Chaplains Network, Spiritual Director, Grief Companion, Life Cycle Officiant, educator, and disturber of the status quo. She has a passion for bringing a little light and peace to people’s lives and likes to work to change the perception of what people expect from a chaplain. She is particularly excited about finding creative ways to inspire and support those who might be reluctant to engage with a chaplain, such as the anti-religious/unaffiliated, healthcare professionals, and the LGBTQ community.
Ceceley is an Advanced Practice Board Certified Chaplain with specialty certification in Hospice and Palliative Care through the Spiritual Care Association, and is currently a Pediatric Palliative Care Chaplain at HopeHealth in Providence, RI. She was formerly Chaplain at HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center and at Dana Farber Cancer Center in Milford, MA, Grief Coordinator at Visiting Nurse Service of Newport and Bristol Counties, RI, and she worked in college chaplaincy at Brown University and Trinity College. She completed four units of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), with placements in a women and infants hospital, memory support, long term care, and she did a specialty unit focused on caring for LGBT seniors.
Ceceley earned an MDiv from Harvard Divinity School and a BA in Comparative Religion from DePaul University. She completed spiritual direction training and advanced training in prayer leadership through ALEPH: the Alliance of Jewish Renewal and uses those skills in different Jewish and interfaith settings. She is a certified CREATOR through PeaceLove, an organization committed to improving the mental health of communities through expressive arts, and loves bringing art into her work with patients and clients. Ceceley is also a Reiki Master trained by Libby Barnett. In 2020 she was selected to participate in the prestigious START national fellowship program through the Glean Network and received a certificate in Spiritual Entrepreneurship from Columbia University Business School.
She is grateful for her husband’s affection, her daughter’s heart, and her son’s spiritual depth. The bravest thing she has ever done was to sing and play the ukulele for a Memorial Service with 150 people in attendance. She often feels closest to the Source in the kitchen or at the beach. She prays best with her eyes closed and heart open.