‘Chaplaincy new and different in crisis’, say healthcare experts

‘Chaplaincy new and different in crisis’, say healthcare experts Deacon Jerry Stoverink makes a cross on the forehead of Pam LaFrance Feb. 14, Ash Wednesday, at Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Festus, Mo. The chaplaincy distributed ashes to many hospital patients that day. Stoverink, a parishioner at Sacred Heart in Crystal City, is in the hospital with heart related issues. Photo: CNS
Healthcare chaplaincy and pastoral care are undergoing a process of transformation during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, writes Aron Hegarty   Several leaders in the profession spoke on World Health Day (April 7) about how the nature and delivery of their service, and even the study of the practice, is virtually meeting needs in a crisis.…
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