In 1881, Norton Healthcare’s founders engraved these words on the cornerstone of the first Norton Hospital. Today, Norton Healthcare continues this important work of healing and self-giving service to those in need.
The mission of the Norton Healthcare pastoral care department is to promote spiritual health and deliver timely, competent spiritual care to patients, their families and staff. We do this through the work of our staff chaplains, our resident and intern chaplains and our clinical pastoral education program.
While you or a family member or friend is a patient in one of our hospitals, Norton Healthcare chaplains are available to you and your loved ones 24 hours a day to provide the following assistance:
Patti Browning, administrative assistant: (502) 629-2103 or email@example.com
The Rev. Kelley Woggon, director: (502) 629-6514 or firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are a patient or family member in one of our hospitals and would like to talk with a chaplain, ask a staff member to contact one of our chaplains or call an operator at one of the numbers listed below:
Each Norton Healthcare hospital has a chapel for prayer and quiet reflection. You are invited to use the prayer cards to leave your prayer requests in the chapel.
Grief is our natural response to life’s losses. It is a process of growth, healing and adjustment to the new reality after the loss.
The GriefCare Information Center is an initiative of the pastoral care department. It provides grieving people and those who support them with information on help that is available.
Resources are available to address the grief caused by the death of a child or other loved one, as well as other forms of loss and grief — such as bankruptcy, chronic illness, divorce, disability or loss of employment. The center’s database contains more than 2,000 entries and is updated regularly. You can request information about therapeutic and educational resources, including:
The Rev. Rick Forest, D.Min., F.T.Coordinator, GriefCare Information Center
Phone: (502) 629-5926 or (800) 323-9324
The death of a baby is a deeply wounding and life-changing event for parents and families, regardless of how long the baby lived. The hopes, dreams and joys you held for your child ended all too soon. Grieving is normal and part of a long healing process.
Many parents find themselves wondering how they can continue day to day with the reality of such a profound tragedy. Their lives are forever changed, and they no longer view the world the same way.
When grieving, it is normal for you to experience a variety of feelings, including:
Even after significant time has passed during which you have worked hard at healing your grief, a new wave of grief can be triggered by everyday experiences, such as:
Your feelings may be further intensified by friends and family who become impatient with you when you don’t get “back to normal” as soon as they think you should. There is no set time period for grief. Grief will change over time, but it is normal to miss your child and think about them for the rest of your life. Each person in your family will grieve differently and for different lengths of time. These differences do not mean you love one another or your child any more or less.
To help you find the care you need for coping, healing and discovering renewed meaning in life, we have gathered a list of grief care resources available online and in the Greater Louisville community. This information is provided as a resource only and does not constitute Norton Healthcare’s endorsement of any group. Individuals are encouraged to seek groups that best help them cope with the particular challenges they face.
At Norton Healthcare, we believe that care has no labels. Our pastoral care team is committed to meeting spiritual health needs in a manner that creates a sense of belonging for all. We’ve proudly partnered with members of the trans community to prepare a spiritual wellness workbook, designed to support the unique needs of this population. We invite you to download and print this collection of educational materials, resources and exercises as you embark on your spiritual wellness journey.
For additional support and information, email the Rev. Phillip Garrett, M.Div., C.T., chaplain services, Norton Healthcare, at email@example.com.
Infant and Pregnancy LossNortonHealthcare.com/WeRememberA caring network of support for all impacted by child loss. Get involved with a committee of local community members as we organize our annual observance.
The Compassionate FriendsCompassionateFriends.orgFree grief support groups, resources and events designed to help families cope with the death of a child. All support groups are led by persons who have experienced such a loss. Several meeting locations are available in Kentucky and Indiana.
Parents Left BehindParentsLeftBehind.comStarted by parents who understand the unique grief associated with losing a child, this organization offers group support meetings the second Thursday of every month in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
The Dougy CenterDougy.orgSpecializing in the grief of children, teens, young adults and their families, the Dougy Center offers several support groups in Kentucky and Indiana. A number of online resources are available through its website.
Hosparus Health Grief Counseling CenterHosparusHealth.org/Grief-CounselingA local hospice service with an extensive counseling program for anyone who has experienced a loss, including teens and children. It also offers free local support groups.
Grieving Dads ProjectGrievingDads.comDesigned to be a supportive resource of personal stories and blog posts from grieving fathers for grieving fathers, this website speaks to the unique ways in which men cope with grief.
Bereaved Parents of the USABereavedParentsUSA.orgA national nonprofit self-help group offering support, understanding, compassion and hope, especially to newly bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings struggling to rebuild their lives after the death of a child.
MISS FoundationMissFoundation.orgThe foundation provides families with free grief packets, one-on-one mentor support, 24/7 moderated forums, support groups, resources for various types of child loss, newsletters and information about events. This volunteer-based foundation provides CARE (counseling, advocacy, research and education) for families grieving the death of a child.
Living With Loss Magazine and Bereavement PublicationsLivingWithLoss.comThis resource offers a magazine, cards, booklets, audio recordings and videos dedicated to assisting people through the challenges associated with illness, death and other types of loss.
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