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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Hospital Restrictions Bar Chaplains from Ministering Bedside

Hospital Restrictions Bar Chaplains from Ministering Bedside
Patients and staff are desperate for hope. But spiritual leaders must offer solace at a distance.
Griffin Paul Jackson
As medical facilities restrict visitors and ration protective gear amid the coronavirus pandemic, more hospital chaplains have been forced to do their job at a distance, while ministering to an onslaught of weary patients, families, and health care staff.
“Due to supply shortages of masks, this means that isolation rooms may involve phone calls, notes, letters, a wave through the door rather than (a chaplain being) inside the room,” said Heidi Greider, manager of spiritual care at Seattle ...
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