At Prairie Lakes Healthcare System we often times care for patients nearing the end of life. In order to provide a blanket of comfort and compassion to those patients and their families, we are blessed to have Jodi Brinkman, Pastoral Care Representative and Sherri Sellers, Spiritual Care Coordinator. While their roles are very different, they both bring a wealth of experience, passion, and emotional support to our patients and employees.
Jodi explains her role as Pastoral Care Representative, "In-house Pastoral Care (PC) is an opportunity to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients, families, and staff of Prairie Lakes Healthcare System. In-house PC provides support (24 hours a day; seven days per week; 365 days per year) with the help of pastoral care volunteers from our community.
Anyone may request services at any time from Pastoral Care. Grief support, a new medical crisis, contacting one’s own church family, debriefings from crisis, praying with someone, reading scripture, providing a Bible, celebrating and embracing end of life or the beginning of life, accidents, kidney dialysis challenges, cancer treatment, wound care, same day services, emergency room visits and more is just a few of the areas/ways that Pastoral Care is here to journey with any and all that we encounter or are requested to visit.
Prairie Lakes also has a beautiful chapel on 2nd floor that can be used as a place of peace and encouragement."
Sherri recently joined the Prairie Lakes Family in her role after years of service in local parishes. She explains what her job means to her, "Working with the Hospice team is incredible. Once a rapport is established with the family and patient, the most astounding part of my position is helping those folks identify and process some of their emotions so that as they nurture their spirituality, they begin to discover a peace and a calm. When they express, ‘I’m going home’, it is the most amazing sentence ever. Walking with them that close to eternity is unbelievable. I find there is deep sorrow as well as mountain top joy experienced with each family I am privileged to walk with.
Walking with these families through the dying process, and then having them come together in Grief Support is one more level of continuum of care. Families share their stories and know they do not walk this valley of grief alone. I am so very fortunate to know them in their darkest hours, to assist in climbing back up the gorge, and then to be able to call many ‘friend’."