Interfaith Service – Caring for Those Who Have Born the Battle

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A photo taken during the 3rd annual Interfaith Service of Remembrance at the Providence VA Medical Center
A photo taken during the 3rd annual Interfaith Service of Remembrance at the Providence VA Medical Center
A special service was held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, for families who have lost loved ones.  Chaplain Dan Cottrell says it’s based on Abraham Lincoln’s statement, “To care for those who shall have borne the battle, and for their widow, and their orphan.”  It is so families can recognize in this ritual that their lives may have changed and that they are grieving, but their lives can be good and whole again.

This is the third annual Interfaith Service of Remembrance; as always, it was very well attended by families, Veterans, and VA Staff.

The Providence VA Medical Center’s Chaplain Service is the total program of spiritual and pastoral care including assessment and care administered  by clinical chaplains.  A clinical chaplain has had extensive education and supervision to identify patients’ religious and spiritual needs and desires, address spiritual injuries, and enhance patients’ spiritual health, utilizing a full spectrum of interventions.

Spiritual and pastoral care are also integrated into the total program of health care provided to Veterans and made available to all patients and, in limited circumstances, to their immediate family members (caregivers) who desire such care.

Where needs may go beyond the many resources of Chaplain Service, chaplains are able to call upon community partners to appropriately meet our Veterans’ beliefs and practices.

For more information about the Chaplain Service, please click here or call Chaplain Dan Cottrell, Chief Chaplain, at (401) 273-7100, ext. 2865; or Father John Wydeven, Roman Catholic Chaplain, at (401) 273-7100, ext. 3098.

By Main story and photo by Kim DiDonato-Ferro, Public Affairs Specialist

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