Living with cancer is difficult for patients and family members alike. Mercy Pastoral Services can help. Our highly-trained chaplains provide spiritual care and emotional support to cancer patients and immediate family members at no cost.
Each Mercy cancer care facility has an experienced chaplain available to provide support regardless of your faith or world-view. Chaplains are compassionate listeners who help you process the feelings that accompany a cancer diagnosis. They serve as an advocate for you and your family, communicating with other members of your health care team and suggesting specific ways to provide compassionate, holistic care – in a way that is best for you.
In addition to meeting with our chaplains face-to-face, you can also communicate by telephone, video-conferencing or by email – whatever is most convenient and appropriate for you and your loved ones. By taking the first step, your initial connection can lead to an ongoing, supportive relationship that can improve your cancer care.
Studies show that attention given to a person’s spiritual needs can impact physical health. Some of the benefits include decreased feelings of anxiety, depression, anger and loneliness; lowered blood pressure; and better control of pain, nausea and discomfort.
To reach a chaplain at your Cancer Care Center, simply ask your nurse to contact the chaplain or to dial the facility’s operator to page a chaplain for you. Some facilities provide designated space (a prayer room or chapel) for quiet reflection, prayer or meditation. Feel free to ask your nurse if such a space is available at your location.
Mercy takes seriously our responsibility to care for the whole person – physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. In addition to physicians, nurses and social workers, take advantage of the spiritual care services available to you through your Mercy chaplain.