Anyone who becomes ill, injured or needs surgery faces many challenges. It is often difficult to depend on others for care and assistance. Sometimes it is uncomfortable to be away from home in unfamiliar surroundings. It may not be easy to adjust to new routines.
Many people wonder, “What is going to happen to me now?” or “Why is this happening to me?”
How can a chaplain help?
A chaplain can:
- help you contact your clergy or other spiritual caregiver;
- offer caring conversation about whatever is on your mind;
- provide spiritual and/or religious support;
- encourage you to nurture your spiritual life in difficult times;
- pray with you and for you;
- support families through the stress of a loved one’s illness;
- assist patients/families to resolve ethical issues.
How can I arrange to see a chaplain?
Just tell your nurse when you are admitted or at any time during your stay that you would like to see a chaplain. Ordinarily, your request will be met the next time a chaplain is on your unit. If you need to see a chaplain right away, ask the staff to page a chaplain for you. After 5 p.m. on weekdays, non-emergency needs will be addressed the next day.
You may also call the RMH chaplain's office directly at 540-689-1670 to request a visit. Please leave a message with your name and room number.