A health crisis, whether you are a patient or family member, can be emotionally and physically overwhelming.
You may experience trouble focusing or making decisions. Sources of strength and practices once meaningful seem out of reach. You find yourself asking questions like “Why me?”, “What does this mean for my life?”, “How will I get through this?”
Our chaplains are here to support you. Professionally trained, chaplains help patients and families cope with distress from illness, injury and unanticipated life events.
Chaplains respectfully meet patients and families within the context of their own beliefs, values, and situations. You do not need to be religious or spiritual to seek help from a chaplain.
Catholic and Interfaith chaplains are available in the hospital between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For emergency needs that arise after-hours, on weekends or holidays, on-call chaplains are available.
Below are worship opportunities and resources to help patients, families and staff experience worship and spiritual connection while you are here at the hospital.
Sundays at 3:30 p.m. in L12 Stead Children's Hospital Meditation Room and on Hospital Channel 115.
Fridays at 12:30 p.m. in L12 Stead Children's Hospital Meditation Room.
Chaplains are trained to listen, but this is a chance to share from our experience: thoughts, stories, practices, and lessons on various themes which we hope may bring our readers some insight and inspiration in daily coping and living. Our views reflect individual views and not that of our department.
Prayers, Poems and Blessings for Uncertain Times is a spiritual resource for staff, patients and families developed by chaplains for this time of COVID-19. Our hope is that it will bring you comfort and peace in these challenging days.
Music has many benefits for wellness and well-being, whether listening to music or singing. It can reduce stress, boost mood-state and the immune system, nurture memory, promote depth of feeling, a connection to self, others, the transcendent. Meditative music can calm the mind and bring clarity and insight. Below are some suggested musical offerings.
Live Music: Music for the Soul
Mondays 12:00-1:00 pm in the John Colloton Pavilion Atrium
Add a little culture and calm to the lunch hour, enjoying reflective piano music with
George Ryder. George, a chaplain and a professional musician, will play the grand piano in the John Colloton Pavilion Atrium (Elevator D)
The below sites introduce contemporary oral tradition songs from community songwriters across the country and world:
It doesn’t have to be
the blue iris, it could be
weeds in a vacant lot, or a few
small stones; just
pay attention, then patch
a few words together and don’t try
to make them elaborate, this isn’t
a contest but the doorway
into thanks, and a silence in which
another voice may speak.
—(from Mary Oliver’s book of poems, Thirst)
Zoom Prayer is currently taking a break. Recent podcasts and general prayers are below. If you would like to make a confidential prayer request, please email our chaplains at SpiritualSvcChaplains@ healthcare.uiowa.edu. General Hospital (GH) Meditation Room (L1, Elevator B) and L12 Stead Family Children’s Hospital Meditation Room are also available to staff for prayer and meditation. A prayer log or box is provided for written requests.
For more information, contact [email protected]
Midweek Meditations are an opportunity for relaxation and renewal for staff, patients, and families.
Celebrate the changes of the seasons by walking the UIHC labyrinth, a winding path of twists and turns within a 22-foot circle. Walking the labyrinth is a centering practice with mental and physical health benefits. Whether used as a tool for calming the nervous system, mindfulness, reflection, prayer or other rituals, this 20-minute walk is a chance to slow down and find balance in the day. It is offered quarterly in the months of March, June, September, and December. At each event, information about how to walk the labyrinth, a choice of items for the journey (wise quotes, stones, battery votives, finger labyrinths) and other resources to enhance the participants' experience, are provided.
Walking the Path Can Serve as a Multi-Fold Opportunity:
December 21st, 2023
March 21st, 2024
Held in the East Room (on Roy Carver Pavilion 8th floor, between the D and F elevators). Come anytime between 11 a.m.—2 p.m. to experience this 20-minute restorative walk! All ages are welcome!
Questions? Contact Joel Gilbertson: [email protected]