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Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Department 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.


You came to support me at a time when I was feeling all alone. You were my lifesaver.”


Chaplains

Atlantic Health System 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. 

Spiritual Support Services

Chilton Medical Center

Chilton Medical Center maintains pastoral care services, which are available regardless of religious affiliation. Professional chaplains offer spiritual care to all who are in need while demonstrating a deep commitment and sensitivity to the diverse ethnic and religious cultures found within our area. Pastoral care is also provided through interactions with patients and their families, other professional health care providers, volunteers and community members. Pastoral Care offers the following services:

  • Provides specific religious functions, i.e., sacramental and spiritual ministries.
  • Provides spiritual solace in life crises, offers support with such issues as end of-life, loss and bereavement, coping with terminal or chronic illness and being a companion on one’s journeys and an empathic listener and a friend.
  • Gives care for the whole person spiritually, emotionally and physically.
  • Creates an atmosphere of caring.
  • Makes referrals to patient’s faith groups.
  • Provides spiritual support and education for patients, families and staff.
  • Serves as a resource to the community on issues such as advance directives, spirituality and healing, wholeness and wellness, religion and end-of-life issues.
     
Labrynth Meditation Walk

The Labyrinth Meditation Walk is available anytime on the first Tuesday of each month starting at 9:00am. It is open for 24 hours, closing on Wednesday at 9:00 am.

The Interfaith Chapel and Private Prayer Room are located adjacent to the main lobby. The Interfaith Chapel brings together people of every religious tradition to experience peace, solitude and spiritual presence. The Interfaith Chapel and Private Prayer Room are always available for use by patients, family and staff, offering a quiet place for meditation and reflection.

Hackettstown Medical Center

Hackettstown Medical Center’s commitment to well-being includes not just the body and mind, but also the spirit. Our professional spiritual care staff offer support, reassurance and counseling to patients and their families, health care providers and the community regardless of individual religious beliefs and practices. In addition, we have a certified chaplain on-call 24 hours a day who can explain advance directives for health care (living wills), do not resuscitate (DNR), physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST) and other end-of-life issues.

The Forrest Kinzli Chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital and is always open for prayer, meditation and reflection. Roman Catholic patients may receive Holy Communion from a Eucharistic Minister by asking their nurse or a chaplain. At your request, we will contact your own pastor, priest, rabbi, imam or spiritual caregiver. The Bible and other inspirational reading materials are also available.

Morristown Medical Center

At Morristown Medical Center, spiritual support is available to staff, patients and their families 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We believe in tending to spiritual and emotional needs alongside medical healing. Many patients, family members and loved ones rely upon our hospital in the most trying of times. Our spiritual care team members draw on experience from a variety of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds to help during life's tumultuous and life-altering moments.

Our chaplains are trained to offer assistance to people of diverse faith backgrounds or no faith at all. They aim to guide a person through spiritual and emotional distress to find meaning, hope, comfort and peace.

For immediate assistance, please ask your nurses to contact the chaplain on call. We also have spiritual reading materials available on request.

An “All Faiths Prayer” is held Monday through Friday at 11:30am in the chapel on Simon 1. All are welcome. Services can also be viewed on the in-hospital channel 12 station.

Chapel: The chapel is located on Simon 1. Just off the main lobby. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer, medication, and devotion.


It was so overwhelming when our father was transferred to Morristown Medical Center. You were there for us with whatever we needed; both big and small.”


Faith Services 

While all of our team members are eager to help individuals of any or no faith background, some individuals prefer having their spiritual care needs met by others who share their faith. To meet this need, we have religion-specific services available as outlined below:

For Catholic Patients

Mass is celebrated daily at Noon in the chapel on Simon 1 and broadcast on channel 12 for those unable to attend. Daily communion and Catholic sacramental needs can be requested by contacting the spiritual care office.

For Jewish Patients

A Rabbi and a Jewish chaplain visit Jewish patients at Morristown Medical Center several days each week.

Kosher meals are available for those who follow dietary laws. Please ask contact food services for a menu. A Bikur Cholim room on Level B near the Malcolm Forbes auditorium is maintained by volunteers for the purpose of providing a private space for Jewish prayers, a small library of Jewish books, and kosher snacks and foods when possible. Please call one of our Jewish chaplains at 973-971-5306 for more information.

Please consult our Jewish chaplain to reserve overnight accommodations in the Shabbat room – available on a first come, first serve basis – or to acquire information about additional lodgings that may be available locally.

A Shabbat elevator runs every weekend, starting Friday at 3:00pm through Saturday at 9:00pm. The elevator is number five and indicated with a sign. If you need assistance, please contact the on-call chaplain.

For Muslim Patients

Jumma prayer service is held on Friday afternoons in the chapel located on Simon 1. An Imam is also available on request. Please ask the nurse to contact the chaplain on call.

Newton Medical Center

Newton Medical Center has two board-certified chaplains — one is an ordained minister and one is a Roman Catholic sister. Both serve on the healing team of the medical center as multi-faith chaplains. They are available to meet with you personally, or they can contact your pastor, priest, imam, rabbi or congregation. The chaplains are available to speak and listen with you about your concerns, meet with your family or friends, and supply devotional materials. They will also arrange for any sacraments you may desire and pray with you and/or your family and friends. If requested, they can discuss living wills or Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) issues. In addition, a Roman Catholic priest is on staff for the full support of our Roman Catholic patients and family members. He can meet in patient rooms, as well as privately for conversation with family members.

Overlook Medical Center

At Overlook Medical Center's Spiritual Care Department, we care for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Our staff includes trained, certified hospital chaplains in the Protestant, Roman Catholic and Jewish faiths, as well as Clinical Pastoral Education student chaplains and many volunteers from various religious traditions.

Chaplains, on call at all times, are always available to discuss spiritual concerns and sacramental needs. If you would like to see a chaplain, simply ask your nurse to have the chaplain paged by the hospital operator.

Roman Catholic patients may receive Holy Communion by asking their nurse or a chaplain, and they will normally be visited by a Roman Catholic priest to receive the Sacrament of the Sick during their hospital stay.

The Interfaith Chapel is located on the fifth floor (main level) of Overlook Medical, across the hall from the Department of Spiritual Care. It is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for personal prayer and meditation. For those of the Muslim faith, please note that East is facing the stained glass window. Catholic Mass is celebrated Saturdays at 3:30pm and Sundays at 10:00am in the Bouras Auditorium in Overlook Medical, located on the fifth floor.


No one in my family ever expected to need services of a chaplain. But the experience we had was the bright spot in a very difficult situation and for that we are all truly grateful.”


Locations

Chilton Medical Center

Hackettstown Medical Center

Morristown Medical Center

Newton Medical Center

Overlook Medical Center

Candle Lighting with our Spiritual Care Chaplains

December 2020

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Words from our Chaplains

   

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A Poem Reading