We will explore the concept of pastoral care as it can be used within the context of a parish church. The ways of using oneself in the context of a pastoral care visit will be considered. Participants will bring their own pastoral situations to the table to be discussed using verbatim from their own experiences. Each verbatim will include a theological reflection. Issues of imminent death, bereavement, loss, suffering, physical and mental illness, learning disabilities and family issues will be reflected on from a pastoral care perspective. Awareness will be raised about ethical issues that may arise from pastoral care.