Rev. Rich Hayes is a Hospice Chaplain and Spiritual Counselor. Rich began his hospice career in 1997 as a volunteer and became chaplain at HospiceCare in the Berkshires in 2006. He is a graduate of One Spirit Interfaith Seminary in New York. Rich is also a musician, author, a member of The American Society of Composers Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Spiritual Directors International (SDI). He offers spiritual direction as well as spiritual counseling to seekers from all traditions and no tradition. He also specializes in serving people with dementia and uses music as a way to lift spirits and foster connection. He has served as an advisor to Head Start in Berkshire County. Rich has a background in business and management and served as a client advocate in emergency services at Berkshire Community Action Council where he helped to develop a financial literacy program. He has been a frequent guest minister conducting worship services at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Pittsfield since 2005, The Unitarian Universalist Meeting of South Berkshire County since 2009, as well as conducting numerous community interfaith services throughout Berkshire County, officiating wedding ceremonies and other events. He has been a frequent guest of the award winning local TV show, "Inside Hospice" and featured on radio. In his spare time he continues to write and record music.