Program serves spiritual needs of patients, families

From Press Reports

The Pastoral Care program at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora offers compassion, hope and peace to patients and family members during times of crisis, diagnosis and treatment.

Pastoral Care and Chaplain Services at NMMC-Eupora provide care that helps address the spiritual needs of patients and their families, physicians, nurses and other staff. This is accomplished through the application of spiritual assessments and then the offer of spiritual counseling. Chaplains share encouragement and a supportive word of faith in a time of need.

The basic purpose of pastoral care is spiritual healing, to help restore people to a state of functional wholeness. That can include:
• Patient and family visitations
• Response to referrals by physicians, nurses, patients and members of family and clergy
• Pastoral support for families of inpatient or outpatient procedures
• Spiritual counseling and care for medical staff, employees and members of the community
• Spiritual counseling for patients and members of the family
• Bereavement counseling for families dealing with the loss of loved ones

A chaplain may be called if the family requests a minister following the death of a family member or loved one or to request a special service and the family’s minister is not available.

A volunteer chaplain’s meeting will be March 12 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Education Conference Room at NMMC-Eupora, 70 Medical Plaza with Chaplain James Richardson, director of Pastoral Care at NMMC-Tupelo, as the guest speaker. Anyone interested and willing to volunteer their services is welcome to attend with the hospital volunteer chaplains. Brunch will be served.