Additional Spiritual Resources During COVID-19
Chaplains at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital provide care for every patient regardless of their personal beliefs or non-beliefs. For support, assistance, prayers, and all other spiritual care requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the spiritual care office: (509) 575-8035
There are times when a direct face to face spiritual care conversation is not the best option (due to distance, a pandemic, patient preference). That's where Tele-Chaplaincy provides another possibility. You can request chaplain support using your personal, or hospital room, phone. Calls are confidential. Chaplains will listen, provide encouragement, offer help and resources, and if desired, offer prayer. If you are part of a faith community a chaplain can help you connect with them.
Without regular visits from family and friends a stay in the hospital can be even more challenging. One of our newest offerings, Virtual Chaplaincy using Zoom, helps make connections. By contacting the Spiritual Care team at the email or phone number above you can request a Zoom meeting. Family and friends throughout the Yakima Valley, from the four corners of the state, from across the country and even internationally, are meeting with patients via Zoom to offer their love and support. Due to the popularity of this option scheduling and frequency may, at times, be limited.
Chaplains are available to patients and their families to support a broad spectrum of spirituality and are not restricted to a religious denomination. They are trained to provide comfort and comprehensive support in times of trauma, grief and to aid in the healing process.
Chaplains have been clinically trained to focus on the spiritual and emotional needs of the patient, family and staff. They provide support to patients and families in a variety of circumstances and occasions. Chaplains:
- Listen when patients and their families feel vulnerable, afraid, confused or lonely
- Provide nonjudgmental and confidential spiritual support
- Respect and understand various religions and cultures, and may advocate for family preferences with health care professionals.
- Help patients maintain perspective while providing comfort.
- Are available to help families struggling with ethical and other difficult decisions related to hospitalization.
Where are chaplain services available?
Chaplain services are available at Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital's main campus, Garden Village, through Virginia Mason Memorial's Home Health and Hospice or by request at North Star Lodge and Children's Village.
Where is Virginia Mason Memorial's chapel?
Virginia Mason Memorial's chapel is located at the main campus on the ground floor just to the left of the cafeteria's main entrance; the chaplain's office is next door to the chapel.