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Illness and hospitalization can be painful and unsettling, for patients and for those who love them. It is not uncommon to experience fear, anger, frustration, or depression.
At CRMC, clergy volunteers from the community have been trained in healthcare ministry and are available to respond to the emotional and spiritual needs of patients and family members. You may be visited by one of these Pastoral Support volunteers, who will offer to provide care during this difficult time and who will, if you desire, contact your own religious caregiver.
These services are provided when needed, without charge, regardless of your own religious background. To obtain pastoral support, call the central switchboard at 912-384-1900 and ask an operator for assistance.
A chapel on the second floor of the hospital, near the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), is always open for prayer, meditation, and solitude.
How Pastoral Support can help
Pastoral Support volunteers can help in many ways, depending on need and a patient’s or family member’s wishes. Some of these ways are:
- simply listening and being there
- giving comfort and encouragement
- offering prayer, reading scripture, or providing religious sacraments
- helping with anxiety or grief
- contacting a patient’s own religious leader or organization
When some patients call for Pastoral Support
Many patients and family members have found pastoral support and care helpful when they are:
- facing fear, anxiety, change or loss
- having questions about life and death
- seeking comfort and strength in prayer, scripture or religious sacraments
- experiencing a loss of meaning and purpose or having questions or concerns about their relationship to God
- facing an ethical issue or concern
- wanting to celebrate good news or rejoice and give thanks
Whatever your reason, one of CRMC’s Pastoral Support volunteers is ready to help.