This unique ministry began in September, 2014 and is offered as a support and advocacy ministry for individuals experiencing serious illnesses as well as their loved ones. Facing serious illnesses and the complex medical system can be frightening. Our team decreases your fears, clarifies the medical treatment plan and provides information needed to navigate through these scary times. The team consists of Judy Lentz, RN, MSN, Coordinator, Karen Killmeyer,RN, Myra Tokar, RN and Rev. Ron Schermerhorn.
Over the past 18 months, we have provided support and advocacy as well as bereavement support for more than 20 church members and their loved ones. Our ministry is provided by in-person visits, phone calls, emails or text messages based on need. We answer medical questions, provide support via doctor visits, family conferences, critical care events, assist with understanding medical terminology, suggest questions to be asked of medical personnel, clarify options that have been recommended, and help to assure quality of life is the focus of care.
We have also offered classes for interested caregivers. As one family member stated: “ The Palliative Care Ministry that you provided to us was invaluable! We appreciate your willingness to be available to us any time of the day or night. It was so helpful to have someone to talk to that was knowledgeable and impartial when hard decisions had to be made regarding our Aunt’s care. When dealing with a loved one’s end of life care, it was comforting to know that we had you and [the] Palliative Care Ministry to ask the hospital staff the tough questions that my sister and I weren’t ready to face “.
If you know of someone in our church family who has recently been diagnosed with a serious illness and might be interested in being supported in this way, contact Judy Lentz at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office and request our services.