Rituals and Worship Services for Healthcare Institutions

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Nix, Jeannine
Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology
The reunion of medicine and faith is gaining strength in today’s health care field. When a person is hospitalized not only are their physical needs being attended to but their emotional and spiritual needs are assessed and addressed. Studies have proven that a person who is connected with her/his faith during the time of treatment and recovery does convalesce more quickly with fewer complications. Medicine is becoming wholistic once again. There is a disparity in the availability of the resources for prayer and worship in the healthcare setting and the need that exists. Pastoral caregivers in the healthcare setting often are too busy to have the opportunity to plan rituals and liturgies as the need arises. This project is an attempt to fill the need by providing resources that can be utilized either directly or with adaptation.