At NFRMC, we believe it is important for you to utilize all of your resources in coping with the demands of your hospital experience. The Pastoral Services Program and chaplains can help you and your loved ones identify and utilize spiritual resources in the promotion of well-being and wholeness. Our chaplains respect all faith traditions and spiritual practices.

Beliefs about life and its meaning and value can be shaken during hospitalization and illness, and you may find yourself wrestling with the spiritual issues that arise. For some of you, this may mean using the religious resources of your faith, such as prayer, scripture, sacraments, or rituals. For others it may mean struggling to feel the presence of God at a time when God can seem distant. And for still others, it may simply mean appreciating the support that a chaplain can provide. It is not necessary for you to belong to a formal faith group to utilize a chaplain as a resource and source of support. Even for those of you who do not consider yourself religious, questions of a spiritual nature or about finding meaning can be troublesome, and speaking to a chaplain at such times can be helpful.

Our chaplains serve as members of the healthcare team working closely with nurses, physicians, case managers, and others for you and your family. They are committed to providing spiritual care and emotional support to patients, family members, friends, hospital employees, and volunteers. You may reach a chaplain by telling your nurse that you would like one of the chaplains to see you or you may call us directly at (352) 333-4190. We will make every effort to respond to your request within 24 hours.

The NFRMC Chapel is open at all times. It is located on the first floor near the main entrance of the hospital. A notebook is located on the front table of the chapel to record a concern, prayer request, or celebration so that others may share your burdens or joys.

Specific Situations When You Might Want To Speak To A Chaplain Include

  • Facing surgery or other anxiety producing procedure
  • Anticipating or receiving recent life-threatening diagnosis
  • Looking at a major life change or loss
  • Experiencing family conflict
  • Finding yourself with no available support system
  • Feeling loneliness/fear/stress
  • Needing help with contacting your own clergy or spiritual leader

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