Chaplaincy / Pastoral Services
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 scriptures 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.
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:
- Training in pastoral caregiving skills.
- A Volunteer Chaplain’s Program which provides additional spiritual support to patients and their families.
- 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.
- Tour of the hospital for new pastors in the area.
- Short term, informal counseling for hospital staff.
- Prayer tree in the Memorial Chapel on lobby level.
- Ashes and communion in the DMH Chapel on Ash Wednesday.
- Pulpit supply and special presentations in area churches and civic groups when available.
- Participation on the DMH Ethics Committee, Cancer Committee.
- 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. More information at www.firstdecatur.org
- On call availability for patients and families. You may reach a chaplain by calling the hospital operator 217-876-8121.
Robert Henderson, Chaplain