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Pastoral Care Programs, Support Groups & Community Connections

No One Dies Alone (NODA) program

Goals of the program:

  • That no patient dies alone
  • That we create a “good death” experience for patients and families
  • Honor, respect and maintain the dignity of patients especially in their final hours
  • Support families in this most difficult and stressful time

Support Groups

Bereavement support group: Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health provides an adult bereavement program for families/friends who have experienced a loss.

  • Monthly throughout the year
  • Fall and spring, eight-week intensive groups

The bereavement support group is facilitated by a clinically trained hospital chaplain, but is not a faith-based group.  The group meets in the Pastoral Care Services conference room. There is no fee for this service. The service is extended to all families/friends of patients at the hospital.

Sharing Infant Loss Support Group: Abington Hospital provides bereavement support group for families who have experienced fetal or infant loss called “Sharing Infant Loss.”  The group meets monthly and co-facilitated by a chaplain and nurse from the maternity department. There is no fee for this service. For more information call the Pastoral Care office at 215-481-2700.

Community Connections

Abington – Jefferson Health’s Pastoral Care Department is deeply committed to caring for the whole patient, which includes attending to diverse spiritual, cultural and religious needs of patients, families and staff.

Religious Observances

  • Holy Communion is distributed every Sunday morning for Catholic patients at AH.
  • Challah bread is distributed to Jewish patients each Friday by volunteers from the Jewish Family and Children Services at AH.
  • Prayer mats for Muslim patients, families and staff are available in the back closet of the Harbison Memorial Chapel at AH.  These mats remain in the chapel.
  • An interfaith calendar is posted outside the Harbison Chapel at AH each month.

Community Clergy

A community clergy office is located on the second floor of Abington Hospital’s Widener Building adjacent to the main elevators.  Visiting community clergy can obtain a list of their members from the clergy office.  Clergy hospital identification badges can be obtained for community clergy who frequently visit AH by visiting the pastoral care office weekdays from 7:30 AM to 4 PM and presenting identification and church affiliation information. This completed form can be presented to the security office in the Elkins Building and receive the badge which includes parking information. A community clergy identification badge can then be obtained by taking this form to the parking office located on the ground floor of the Elkins building.

Several parking spaces specifically reserved for clergy are located in front of the Elkins entrance to Abington Hospital.  For information regarding other suggested parking arrangements, please contact the Pastoral Care office at 215-481-2700.

At Abington – Lansdale Hospital, reserved parking for visiting clergy is available in the front and back lots.

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