Spiritual Health: Support for the Human Spirit
The healing process encompasses more than physical health. The Spiritual Health team responds to emotional and spiritual needs of patients, family, and Bozeman Health system staff, to enhance healing. Hospitalization can cause a mixture of emotions, including feelings of anxiety and helplessness. It is not unusual to question every part of life—including faith. When illness or the challenges of aging enter our lives, some may feel cut off from their usual spiritual roots and support systems— some can feel isolated and alone. Still others welcome help in facing major life decisions that need to be addressed.
When confronted with a health crisis, or a new and frightening diagnosis, you may benefit from talking with someone who is able to listen deeply, help you reflect theologically, and discern which path to take as decisions need to be made, all while providing emotional support.
Our Spiritual Health team is specifically trained to assist persons of all faiths, as well as those with no faith tradition, who want support in coping with illness, loss, or trauma. Our intent is to provide you and your family members supportive spiritual care that will help bring healing and wholeness in your life. Our chaplains approach everyone with spiritual and cultural humility - we are here to meet you where you are. We are also acquainted with various religious resources in the community to help meet any specific needs you might have.
We are available to all throughout the Bozeman Health system. Please tell your nurse or doctor if you would like to speak with a chaplain. Our team of women and men are educated professionals who understand how to apply their pastoral and theological expertise in a healthcare setting. Using their knowledge, they focus on helping patients understand the deeper spiritual meaning of suffering, sickness, health, and wellness. We serve each patient as members of your health care team, working in partnership with physicians, nurses, therapists, and other professionals.
To provide caring and compassionate spiritual health that is family centered, research and evidence—based, and which integrates spiritual resources as pathways for healing, well-being, and health-related quality of life for each person.
Whatever your beliefs may be, chaplains are dedicated to empowering and supporting you in times of crisis. They serve as a resource and advocate for you in your search for wholeness and peace. Chaplains offer spiritual support when confronting significant life situations, such as:
- Life-changing medical diagnoses
- Ethical and end-of-life issues
- Pre-operative Prayer
- Unresolved spiritual issues (such as guilt, shame or fear)
- Conflicts in your belief system
- Feelings of abandonment
- Loss of hope
- Bozeman Health System staff support
Emotional and spiritual care can play an important role in enhancing your body’s healing systems. Bozeman Health chaplains in our Spiritual Health departments are committed to honoring your faith, beliefs, and values while you are here, and to providing you with excellent care. Spiritual health services may include:
- Chaplain availability 24 hours/day
- Compassionate Listening
- Sanctuary and Meditation Room open to all
- Smudging by local Navajo elder
- Spiritual reading materials
- Guided Mediation/Imagery
- Advance Directive assistance
- Communication with your personal rabbi, priest, imam, minister, or other spiritual leader
Contact Spiritual Care
To reach a chaplain, simply ask your nurse to page the chaplain on duty, or dial the operator (ext. 5000) and request the Spiritual Health office or to have the chaplain on duty paged.
Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion, is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we may find ourselves treading on another’s dreams. More seriously still, we may forget that God was here before our arrival. --Max Warren