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The Pamela Positive: Spiritual Guidance Has Soared

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News reports relate that hospitals have responded to increasing requests from their patients: they want more chaplains.  Data shows that at Brigham and Women’s Hospital requests for chaplains have risen 23% since 2004.  Massachusetts General Hospital’s requests soared 30% since 2006.

The requests are from both religious and non-religious patients, family and friends.  An interesting note—As Liz Kowalczyk states in “Hospitals Expanding Duties of Chaplains” in the Boston Globe, “[Chaplains] have also taken on a more nondenominational role, with Catholic priests at times visiting Jewish patients, and rabbis visiting Episcopalians…”

We celebrate this connection of spiritual leaders helping people heal.  Thank you, Liz Kowalczyk, for this exciting new report.