Service to aid grief process
THE Chaplaincy Service at Murwillumbah Hospital is planning a memorial service for later in the year to help those grieving after the death of a loved one.
The Service of Remembrance is for all those who have who have lost relatives or friends through accident or illness and is aimed at helping them move through the bereavement process.
The service will be held in June. The inter-denominational chaplaincy service was established at the hospital in January 2003.
The hospital now has two fully trained, volunteer chaplains available at the hospital during the week or at other times as required.
The chaplains provide spiritual, pastoral and emotional support to patients, their relatives and and staff at the hospital during their time of need.
They work closely with hospital staff and local ministers of religion to help ensure that all people receive the best possible care and support while in hospital.
Patricia Miller has been a chaplain since 2003 after completing her training at Coolamon College and the Brisbane Catholic Academy.
Cathy Hulme started her chaplaincy in 2004 after training Trinity Theological College, Brisbane.
"We are there as a friend, someone to talk to or to say a prayer if wanted," Cathy said.
"People grieve over many things in their lives, and when they are ill or dying, talking about it can be a great relief and they can't always talk to their own families."