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Hospital chaplaincy services are not only for religious patients

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1403 (Published 06 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1403

Thank God for Chaplains

Society’s institutions are a mixed blessing. They provide us with hospitals,
nursing homes, orphanages, and the military. But they also subject us to
regimentation, which can be overwhelming, depersonalizing, and depressing.
One refuge from such regimentation is the chaplain, who ecumenically
provides much-needed emotional and spiritual care. So let’s reach out to
chaplains and receive their unique and vital help. Literally and figuratively,
chaplains are a godsend.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

09 April 2009
Hugh Mann
Physician
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA