100 Lincoln Avenue
Carbondale, PA
Tel: (570) 281-1000


SPIRITUAL CARE SERVICES

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 Spiritual Care Department

The Spiritual Care Department brings God's presence and healing ministry to patients and families. They assist patients in meeting their personal  spiritual needs, religious needs, prayer and sacraments. If needed, Spiritual Care Staff members will help people get in touch with their fears, anxieties, and question which will bring them to claim a freedom in choices and decisions. The department consists of a Roman Catholic priest, two staff chaplains and a chaplain director. They are complemented by volunteers who make parish contacts, pastoral services and eucharistic minister rounds.

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 How can the Spiritual Care Team help?
The hospital experience can be overwhelming and may result in feelings of anxiety, fear, depression, frustration, despair, anger, guilt, disbelief, powerlessness, helplessness, loss of control, and loneliness. Spiritual Care can help. At Marian Community Hospital, we are committed to giving you the best medical care possible, while also placing a high value on your spiritual and emotional well-being. We believe these play a significant role in what happens as you seek healing and health. We are committed to supporting you on your spiritual journey.

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 Catholic Sacraments
The Sacrament of the Sick and the Sacrament of Reconciliation are available to all patients who desire to receive them. Holy Communion is distributed daily, and Daily Liturgy is televised each day. Copies of the New Testament  and other faith and age-appropriate materials are available to each patient.

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  Advance Directive Education
It is the right of the patient to accept or refuse medical care. An advance directive protects this right if the patient ever becomes terminally ill and mentally or physically unable to choose or communicate his/her wishes.

A living will is a list of written instructions that explain a person's wishes regarding health care, including organ donation. A durable power of attorney allows a person to name another person to make decisions about healthcare wishes. Either document allows the patient to give directions about his/her future healthcare.
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 PROGRAMS
The following programs are facilitated by the Spiritual Care Department:
  • Memorial Prayer Service and Liturgy
    Held every other month to remember and celebrate the eternal life of those who have died in our area. This celebration is a community support for bereaved families and is open to all who would like to attend.
  • Bereavement Support Groups
    The Group meets twice monthly. Day sessions in Carbondale are on the second Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., and evening sessions in Carbondale are on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Marian Community Outpatient Center, Brooklyn Street. Everyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one is welcome to attend.
  • Cancer Support
    Provides individual or group sessions for cancer patients and their families on Tuesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Faith in Action Volunteer Program
    An ecumenical approach of caring for the spiritual and emotional needs of the elderly and homebound in the upper Lackawanna Valley. To volunteer or for more information call (570) 281-1000 extension 3230.
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