Comfort in Crisis
Pastoral Care services provide support to patients and families in their times of need.
Chaplain Margery Link provides comfort and support to patients and their families at Henry Mayo.
Whether you’re a patient or a loved one, dealing with a critical or terminal illness can be very difficult. For that reason, Henry Mayo’s Pastoral Care services are available to provide comfort and hope during times of crisis.
“Working in a hospital setting, we are faced with individuals who are frightened and in emotional, physical or spiritual pain,” said Chaplain Margery Link. “It may be the first time they think about their spiritual needs or the importance of identifying their beliefs. The hospital’s chaplains become a vital part of assisting them as they search for answers.” Chaplains make daily rounds throughout the hospital to comfort patients and also offer individual or family sessions on spiritual guidance, crisis intervention, counseling and emotional support. Additionally, the pastoral program assists families with grief support before and after death.
Henry Mayo’s chaplains work closely with local clergy and will make initial contact with a patient’s spiritual adviser upon request. Pastoral Care services are available 24/7. They can be accessed upon request at the time of admission or by asking a staff member to contact a chaplain.
Link has served as a chaplain for nearly 25 years at Henry Mayo, which she called very rewarding and fulfilling.
“I’ve seen hope and peace [people] never had before,” Link said. “I’ve been able to help the young, the elderly and people of all walks of life and cultures. I’m so grateful to God for this wonderful privilege that I’ve had.” IYH