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How do I make a request for pastoral care?

If you know someone who needs pastoral care, including yourself, please contact our Pastoral Care Associates. For a pastoral emergency, you may email Rev. Krista at ktaves@eliotchapel.org and Linda Cummings.  

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The philosopher Epicurus said,

“It is never too early or too late to care for the well-being of your soul.”

If you are a member of Eliot Chapel who is going through a difficult time or wrestling with matters of the heart or spirit, our pastoral care program may be able to help.
 

What is pastoral care?

Pastoral care, which can be defined simply as “companioning another’s spirit,” offers a way to tend to the well-being of our innermost selves. Rather than provide solutions, Eliot’s ministry of pastoral care is here to walk with you during your time of need, listen deeply to your concerns and help you reconnect to your spirit and to a sense of wholeness. Pastoral care may include hospital and in-home visits, short-term counseling, telephone calls, sending cards, delivering a meal, or other activities as deemed appropriate by Eliot’s ministers. It consists of several caring teams, ministerial support, and a team of Pastoral Care Associates. Please click here for an expanded job description for the Pastoral Care Associates team.

 

How we take care of each other now

Many care facilities are limiting or even prohibiting visitors, making people who live there all the more lonely. Our Pastoral Care Associates are gathering a list of some of the most vulnerable in our community and calling them. If you would like to help make reach-out calls, it’s a form of service and connection that anyone can do from home. In your covenant group, all-read, choir, and any other group, we encourage you to reach out by phone, create a buddy system, or find some way to regularly connect with one another. If you know someone who needs pastoral care, including yourself, please contact our Pastoral Care Associates. For a pastoral emergency, you may email Rev. Krista at ktaves@eliotchapel.org and Linda Cummings. Member Linda Cummings has volunteered to guide the Pastoral Care Associates through the transition after Rev. Jim’s departure. Rev. Krista Taves is joining us soon to assist with pastoral care in April and May before assuming her new role as Minister of Congregational Life in July.

Grief Group

The Eliot Chapel Grief Group is held every two weeks and is facilitated by Rev. Krista Taves. This support group is open to all members and friends. Please email ktaves@eliotchapel.org to receive the Zoom invitation.  

We next meet Thursday, August 6 at 3:00 pm. Our video resource is “How Grief Feels” by Robbie Stamp which can be watched ahead of the meeting.
 
These will be our guiding questions:
  1. Robbie Stamp describes the first pain of loss as a broiling storm. How have you experienced this storm of grief?
  2. When did you experience the first calm in that storm? How was that for you?
  3. How do you experience joy in the midst of loss?
  4. Robbie offers the question “How are things today,” as a way to give space to a grieving person to say what they need to say. Would this question create that for you? If now, what would?
  5. Robbie speaks of both the need to be dignified in our grief and undignified in our grief. How does this speak to you in your grief? 
 

Resources

Note: Eliot Chapel provides the following information as a resource for its members, not as an endorsement of these organizations or its affiliates.

HelpGuide.org is a national nonprofit organization that, in collaboration with Harvard Health Publications and others, offers information and resources for a wide range of mental health well-being issues. www.helpguide.org

2-1-1 Missouri, a service project of The United Way, offers a fast, free and confidential way to obtain local social service information for a variety of needs, including basic human needs; physical and mental health resources; work initiatives; support for seniors and those with disabilities; and support for children, youth and families. www.211missouri.org. 

County Older Resident Programs. The County Older Resident Programs (CORP) provides services to Saint Louis County residents age 60 and over, such as transportation to medical appointments and other high priority destinations, home visits, telephone reassurance, home care and repair, and more. ww5.stlouisco.com/dhs/CORP.html. 

Kirk Care is a nonprofit organization formed by the Kirkwood Ministerial Alliance. Its mission is to help those in need who live within the boundary of the Kirkwood R-7 school district with food, utility bill and rent assistance, and other services. www.kirkcare.org

Kirkwood Senior Care and Assisted Living Guide is a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones. We have been featured by AARP, The Administration for Community Living, The National Legal Resource Center, and Forbes, as well as referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the Internet. www.caring.com/senior-living/assisted-living/missouri/kirkwood