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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care Services

Offering spiritual care for comfort and encouragement for the patient and the family.

Black River Medical Center focuses not only on the patient’s physical well being, but also the spiritual well being for both the patient and their family.
If the patient or family has a specific pastor they would like to be contacted, the staff will attempt to notify the pastor of their choice.  In the event the patient/family does not have a local minister, the staff will be happy to assist in finding one of their affiliation.

What is spiritual care?

We understand that an important part of providing care includes meeting the spiritual and religious needs of our patients and their loved ones. Most chaplains recognize the worth and dignity of each person and offer pastoral care consistent with each individual’s own traditions and beliefs. Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients, their families, and hospital staff. They also serve as a liaison for clergy in the community. Chaplains sustain, support, guide, and help people in their search for meaning in illness and for reconciliation in relationships.

Illness often raises questions such as:

  • Why did this happen to me?
  • Who am I now?
  • Where do I go from here?

These issues can create strong emotions such as anxiety, doubt, guilt, anger, and questioning of long-held beliefs. By offering prayer, comfort, counseling, and spiritual conversation, chaplains can help patients and their families draw upon their own spiritual resources to facilitate healing and recovery.

Request spiritual care:

  • When you want someone to pray with you or for you.
  • When you need to talk.
  • When you need someone to listen.
  • When you feel lonely, separated, forgotten, scared, or worried.
  • When you feel grateful, blessed, prayerful, or heard by God.
  • When you feel like you have lost your faith.
  • When you feel like giving up.
  • When you are unable to forgive.
  • When you are unable to pray.
  • When you have cause to celebrate.