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The Department of Pastoral Care at Morristown Medical Center understands that the hospital environment can be emotionally wearing, and addressing spiritual needs is important. Illness can be frightening, uncertain and isolating. When you or a loved one is ill, you often experience spiritual or emotional upheaval, stress, life changing questions and choices. It is our hope that through spiritual and pastoral care, hospitalizations can also be an opportunity to discover different dimensions of hope, and to find opportunities to celebrate the small things in life.

Chaplains

Our chaplains foster spiritual wholeness and are here to provide one-on-one conversation, or listen to you and your loved ones with compassion and understanding. They make no assumptions about your personal convictions or life orientations. We believe there is a spiritual as well as physical benefit from engaging in a listening and supportive presence.

Our chaplains respect, understand, and help you to uncover strengths and hopes, while giving you the freedom to share with confidence, trust and comfort. We help patients, visitors and staff with challenges and emotions, such as:

  • anxiety
  • family dilemmas
  • depression, loneliness
  • searching for meaning, wholeness and peace
  • disappointment
  • spiritual and emotional questions
  • questions of faith
  • frustration, anger
  • difficult decisions
  • need for prayer
  • delivering sacraments, such as Anointing of the Sick

Chaplains are here to listen with compassion and understanding. They help sort through feelings and concerns that surface during a hospital stay and address fears, disappointing diagnoses, decisions, stress and unresolved feelings.

Whatever one is feeling, a chaplain can be present to listen to concerns. Chaplains support patients, families, loved ones and staff through emotional and spiritual journeys with complete confidentiality.

Pastoral Care for Patients and Visitors

We are here to assist individuals to connect with one’s own personal spiritual beliefs.  At Morristown Medical Center, spiritual support is available to staff, patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Spirituality is often tied to a person’s religion, but they are not identical. Spirituality is the way a person finds meaning, hope, and comfort. In a very real sense, it is how a person searches for wholeness and peace.

To receive an immediate response, please ask your nurses to page the chaplain on call. We also have spiritual reading materials provided on request.

There is an “All Faiths Prayer” service that is held Tuesdays through Saturdays at 11:30am. All are welcome to attend in the Chapel on Simon 1, but for those unable to attend it can be viewed on channel 12.

 

  • Catholic: Mass is celebrated daily at Noon, in the Chapel on Simon 1. All are welcome to attend, but for those unable to attend it can be viewed on channel 12 (in the hospital). Eucharistic Ministers bring communion to Catholic patients, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons. Daily Communion and Catholic Sacramental needs can be requested by contacting the office 973-971-5818 or from patients’ room extension 5818 or directly to Catholic line: extension 5307.

  • Jewish: A Rabbi and Jewish chaplain are at the hospital several days each week and visit all Jewish patients. Kosher meals are available for patients who follow dietary laws. Please ask for a Kosher menu from your nurse. We offer a Shabbat Room for our Sabbath observant Jewish patients. A Shabbat elevator runs every Friday from 3:00pm through Saturday at 9:00pm. It is the Franklin elevator numbered 5 and indicated with a sign. Please ask the nurse to page the chaplain on call to assist you.

  • Muslim: An Imam is available on request. Please ask the nurse to contact the chaplain on call.  Jumma prayer service is held on Friday at 12:50 PM in the chapel located on Simon 1.


 

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