Chaplaincy/Pastoral Services

Pastoral Services

Because we care about you as an individual, we seek to assist you and your loved ones in addressing the spiritual side of your healing process. We are available to provide a willing ear and a comforting presence as you and your family cope with your unique situation. We do not “push” any religion. If you request a visit, you can select the topic of conversation and share to whatever degree you choose.

We provide supportive listening, assistance in identifying and processing spiritual issues and feelings, and comfort in times of sadness and loss. We can also provide Scripture, prayer, anointing for healing, communion, and baptism. We have New Testaments available that you can take home with you. We are available to all areas of the hospital as needed.

During your stay in our hospital, you may feel a need to talk about several issues including:

Control – As you go through tests, surgery, treatment or therapy, you may feel a lack of control over what is happening to you.

Privacy – Your hospital room can be modern and comfortable, but it is still not like being at home. You may feel intruded upon or inconvenienced during your treatment process.

Anxiety – Making decisions about treatment, uncertainty about what’s next, or issues with family support may cause worry or even fear.

Discouragement – A decline in health, mobility and independence, or an unwanted change in living arrangements may be a heavy load for you to carry.

Hope – Your attitude and expectations significantly impact your health and sense of well-being. Reviewing how family, friends and faith help you keep a positive outlook can bolster your hope.

Faith – You may want to explore your feelings about God’s role in your life and circumstances. Talking about what you believe, having someone pray with you, or reading from the Scriptures can strengthen your faith.

Other services include:Chapel

  • A worship service each Friday morning at 11 a.m. on 6400 for transitional and continuous care patients.
  • Training in pastoral caregiving skills via our “Clinical Pastoral Orientation” class. This learning experience is available to both clergy and laity.
  • A Volunteer Chaplain’s Program which provides additional spiritual support to patients and their families.
  • A biannual memorial service (spring and fall) held in the DMH classroom complex in honor of the patients who died in the DMH Hospice program in the preceding six months.
  • A memorial service held each third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in the DMH Chapel in honor of those patients who died in the hospital in the preceding month.
  • Orientation luncheon and tour of the hospital for new pastors in the area.
  • Short term, informal counseling for hospital staff.
  • Ashes and communion in the DMH Chapel on Ash Wednesday.
  • Pulpit supply and special presentations in area churches and civic groups when available.
  • Officiate at weddings, funerals, and graveside services when available.
  • Provide pastoral care/spiritual support to DMH Hospice and DMH Homecare patients as appropriate.
  • Participation on the DMH Ethics Committee, Cancer Committee, Hospice Inter-disciplinary Team, and the In-Patient Hospice Team.
  • Participate in various hospital functions such as “One Light to Remember, “ Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, “Cancer Survivor’s Day,” Lodestar Programs, etc.
  • On-going training for PRN and Volunteer Chaplains.
  • Training class for staff on “Developing Comfort When Praying with Patients.”
  • 24/7/365 on call availability for patients, families, and staff. You may reach a chaplain by calling the hospital operator (876-8121).

The Chaplaincy Services department at DMH includes full-time, PRN and volunteer chaplains.

Rev. Dan Spruell, Manager
Chaplaincy Services

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