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Spiritual Services

Spiritual Support for Patients, Family Members, and Employees

Our trained professional staff hospital interfaith chaplains offer spiritual care and support to individuals of all faiths or of no particular faith. Specific denominational affiliation is not required to request our services.

Our Services and Staff

Bedside Chaplain Visits

Chaplains—ministers of any faith—can help support people who are facing difficult decisions or require spiritual counseling for any reason. An interfaith chaplain is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Your medical staff person can contact the chaplain on your behalf.

Interfaith Spiritual Care

Our trained professional staff hospital interfaith chaplains offer spiritual care and support to individuals of all faiths or of no particular faith. Specific denominational affiliation is not required to request our services, and if needed any chaplain can help make contact to a spiritual care giver of your faith.

Bereavement

Baystate Health's bereavement support program provides weekly support groups that offer a balance of supportive sharing in a group setting and informational sessions on grief and bereavement.

Meetings on the first & second Thursday of each month are dedicated to open discussion and sharing of experiences and feelings.  Meetings on the third & fourth Thursday of each month focus on a particular topic. Usually the presentation of a professional will be followed by a discussion.

Program facilitator: Chaplain Susan Gralinski, SASV Spiritual Services Department (413-794-2899).

Bereavement Resources


Reiki & Guided Imagery

WHAT IS REIKI

Reiki is a Japanese “hands-on” technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is based on the concept that everything in the universe is made up of energy and this “life force energy” that flows all around us is drawn in by the body, nourishing the cells, organs and glands. When one’s energy is depleted, imbalanced, or the flow is restricted by stress and “holding”, injury, illness, etc., one is more susceptible to discomfort, further illness and disease (as with restrictions of the circulatory and nervous systems). When one’s energy is restored, free-flowing or balanced, one is more likely to feel relaxed and the body’s own innate healing abilities are “jump-started” and utilized for healing.

WHAT DOES REIKI FEEL LIKE

Although Reiki is “hands-on”, unlike massage, it is administered through a softer touch, rather than a deeper pressure. While the patients is seated or lying down and fully clothed, the practitioner’s hands are placed along energy centers and pathways on the head, neck, chest, abdomen, legs and feet (similar to those used by acupuncturists). As energy is transferred to the body, the patient may feel warmth, coolness, gentle tingling, or just deep relaxation. A Reiki treatment can be beneficial for you when you are experiencing some anxiety, pain, restlessness before or after surgery, or any time during your hospital stay.

The benefits of Reiki may include:

  • Relaxation and stress reduction 
  • Relief of pain and muscle tension
  • A heightened sense of well being
  • Increased energy

HOW TO REQUEST A REIKI SESSION

If you would like to request a Reiki session while you are a patient in the hospital, notify your caregiver or call 413-794-2899 directly.

This program is offered and coordinated through the Spiritual Services Department. We have several trained Reiki volunteers who are available upon request and are here regularly.

Usui Five Reiki Principles

  1. Just for today I will not anger. 
  2. Just for today I will not worry. 
  3. I will be grateful.  
  4. I will work hard.  
  5. I will be kind to all living beings.

Interfaith Prayers for Healing

Buddhism Prayer 

Though I be suffering and weak and all my youthful spring be gone, yet have I come leaning upon my staff and clambered up the mountain peak.
My check thrown off, my little bowl o’erturned, so sit I here upon the rock.
And o’er my spirit sweeps the breath of liberty!
‘Tis won, the Triple Lore! The Buddha’s will is done.

Christian Prayer

Gracious and merciful God, because you have given your son, I know that you are never far away from me, I turn to you in this quiet moment to seek your comfort and strength.
Be my companion today, O Lord that I may receive your healing and renewing touch.
In Jesus’ name, I Pray Amen.

Hindu Prayer

(from the Vedic Experience)
You, O lord, are the body’s protector.
My body protect.
You, O Lord, are the giver of life.
Grant life to me.
From you, O Lord, comes brilliance of mind.
Illumine my mind.
Whatever is lacking to my being, O Lord, supply that to me.

Islamic Prayer

In the Name of God, the merciful Lord of Mercy.
Praise be to God, the Lord of all being, the merciful Lord of Mercy.
Master of the day of judgment.
You alone we serve.
To You alone we come for aid.
Guide as in the straight path, the path of those whom You have blessed, not of those against whom there is displeasure, nor of those who go away.

Jewish Prayer

Here my voice, O Lord, when I call, Be gracious to me and answer me.
In Thy hands is the soul of every living thing.
I turn to Thee, O Lord, in my distress.
Give me patience and faith, Let not despair overwhelm me.
Renew my trust in Thy mercy and bless the efforts of all who are helping me.
Be with my dear ones in these difficult days.
Grant me Thy healing so that in vigor of body and mind I may return to my loved ones.
For a life which will be marked by goods deeds.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.


Reverend Ute Schmidt, Manager of Spiritual Services and Clinical Pastoral Education

Personal Statement

Ute Schmidt Baystate Health Spiritual ServicesAs a chaplain and spiritual care educator, I am invited to become a companion for others on a journey toward healing, wholeness or peaceful endings. With CPE students,  together we are beginning a journey of exploring and discovering. Becoming a companion alongside another person is a sacred walk.  We are asked to tread lightly and carefully, pause and listen,  paying attention to life as it unfolds in us in the moment. Often, a space between is created that blesses us with hope, promise, and compassion. It is in the depth of our humanity where we meet the Holy, the Sacred.

Denomination

  • United Church of Christ
  • Ordained Minister
  • ACPE Certified Spiritual Care Educator

Reverend Immanual Bae

Personal Statement

Immanuel Bae Jung Baystate Spiritual Services“Loneliness is worse than psychosis” is a quote that is associated with the starting point of Clinical Pastoral Education.  I firmly believe that our presence as chaplains to those who are suffering from loneliness and any sort of spiritual or emotional distress caused by sickness or hospitalization could be an essential healing moment for the patients and their families.

Denomination

  • Presbyterian Church of USA (PCUSA)
  • Ordained Minister

Fr. Adolf Busobozi

Personal Statement

Father Adolf Busobozi Baystate Health Spiritual ServicesProud of my vocation to the priesthood, I seek to minister to God’s Holy people  with great commitment so that I may offer a peaceful and  listening presence to their questions and needs and help them grow closer to God. In this endeavor, I draw my spiritual energy from the Mystery of the Eucharist which is the foundation of my ministry and faith.

Denomination

  • Roman Catholic

Sr. Susan Gralinski

Personal Statement

Susan Gralinski Baystate Spiritual ServicesWhen one is admitted into a hospital, or a family member is a patient, it is not unusual to reflect upon what is, I believe, the core of our being that we long for in a relationship with the Holy.  We sometimes struggle to name that truth or know how to connect with the Holy.  At times like this, a chaplain can help one to touch that sacred place and hopefully find meaning in what otherwise is beyond our understanding.

Denomination

  • Roman Catholic
  • Sister of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (SASV)

Rev. Rosa Lopez

Personal Statement

Rosa Lopez Baystate Spiritual ServicesAn encounter with people in need, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, is an unforgettable experience. Being able to minister to those experiencing crisis in their or their loved one's life is a privilege and an honor. It is also a great gift from God.

Denomination

  • Church of God, Cleveland, TN
  • Ordained Minister

Rev. Marianne MacCullagh

Personal Statement

Marianne MacCullagh Baystate Spiritual ServicesAll around us, we have opportunities to encounter the Holy.  It might only last a moment and we may not hear a sound, but even in the midst of chaos and grief we can take that breath which brings us Peace and Tranquility.

Denomination

  • United Church of Christ
  • Ordained Minister