Spiritual Care

Spiritual Health is an important facet of a person’s holistic health. The Spiritual Health Services at Lakewood Health System recognize the inter-connectedness of body, mind, and spirit and seek to provide a bridge which connects one’s spirituality to one’s health.

Each person’s spirituality is unique, yet we share basic needs including finding meaning and purpose for life in the midst of disease, pain and sorrow; self-acceptance and relationships with others and connecting with one’s faith as they define it.

Our Spiritual Health Team is available to provide assistance according to each patient’s unique needs and requests. If desired, we will coordinate care with your own faith community. Our Team recognizes and honors all faith traditions, and will provide encouragement, counseling and support to all people, regardless of their backgrounds.

Through pastoral presence, life review, interactive listening, spiritual counseling and optional prayer, our team members will assist the patient in re-framing his/her view of life in such a way as to draw upon their own spiritual resources for empowerment, faith and healing.

The Spiritual Health Team includes a chaplain who is an ordained minister and a member of a recognized faith-based organization. Our chaplain has been specially trained through the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. Furthermore, a parish nurse is also available to provide spiritual care. A parish nurse is a registered nurse who has special interest in integrating wellness and spirituality.

It is the goal of the Spiritual Health Team to respond to patient’s needs and concerns in ways that are non-judgmental and encourage each individual to see their own spirituality as a resource for strength and health.

Spiritual Care Services provided:

  • Visits to your home while in hospice or home care.
  • Spiritual/emotional counseling
  • Bereavement care
  • Grief support
  • Prayer
  • Baptism for babies or blessings for perinatal loss
  • Consult for difficult decisions
  • Contact your faith community on your behalf.

Scheduled Services:

In cooperation with the Staples Ministerial Association, regularly scheduled chapel, communion and Bible study events are held in the following facilities:

Lakewood Care Center: 218-894-8345
Lakewood Pines: 218-894-4460
Lakewood Manor 218-894-2124
Please call each facility for the schedule of these religious services.

Everyone has the experience of loss in life.  Sometimes the loss can be easily navigated but at other times the loss is so devastating, that additional support and understanding are necessary.  A grief support group can provide that kind of assistance to people in all phases of the grief process.  Each loss is different and unique, yet our experiences can be mutually beneficial for us and for others.  Sharing our stories can bring us new insight, hope and healing.

The Grief Support Group at Lakewood Health System provides a six-week series which will provide resources and mutual support to travel your grief journey.  Discussion topics will include various aspects of the grieving process – the emotions of grief: (shock, denial, anger, depression, guilt, hope, renewal and acceptance), holiday grief, coping resources, multiple losses, healing, and reinvestment.  Under the guidance of group facilitators, participants will share in supportive conversation and fellowship with others who share a common bond through their own experiences of grief. 

Coming to a support group for grief can be like a journey from “Sunset to Sunlight”.  Sharing and telling the stores of our lives after we have suffered the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of pets, possessions and even our sense of family and faith, can help us come out of the darkness of despair, depression and sadness.

Two sessions (each six weeks in length) are offered at Lakewood Health System.  For specific dates and times, please contact the Education Department at 218-894-8623.

Spiritual Care
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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