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This program requires more time and training. Training

needs to involve listening skills, behavior around sick people and

procedures for visiting in a hospital setting. This program requires

some Wariness of one's own limits such as being uncomfortable in

hospitals, or with seriously ill people, or circumstances that can't be

remedied immediately

Our Pastoral Care Team visits people in the hospital and follows

up with calls and visits when they return home. We frequently ask the

Neighborhood to bring meals once someone is convalescing at home.

We also try to support the family of the ill person

particularly if the illness is serious, sometimes using a second

Pastoral Care Team member. In addition to emotional support, the family

member may also need meals, transportation, or respite when the

hospitalized person comes home.