Hospital chaplains there for support.
Naperville hospital chaplains provide an oasis of support
By Thomas Mitchinson
June 9, 2014
"The eye of the hurricane" -- that's how Chaplain Karen Swiderski, manager of spiritual care and pastoral education for Edward and Linden Oaks hospitals in Naperville, describes a hospital chaplaincy.
"We are not just people who come and pray. Instead, we have the gifts, education and skill sets needed to de-escalate the life-altering medical events and bring comfort to the patients in this hospital setting," she said.
"No matter the trauma -- no matter what is going on, the chaplain is standing there calmly and making the connection, defusing fear and other concerns.
"I don't care what is going on outside that door," Swiderski often tells hospital patients. "I am here to listen to you, to empower and comfort you. This is your moment and this is your time. In this we share 100 percent confidentiality."
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