There Is More...
The services in Spiritual Care focus on caring for the whole person in a broad way that attempts to meet the diverse spiritual needs of those we serve. All the services listed below can be arranged by calling Department of Spiritual Care at 315 464-4687.
- ART and JOURNALING:
One patient who was terminally ill said, 'Through art I have learned to live although I know am dying." A variety of art forms from drawing, painting or coloring predesigned mandalas (sacred circles) have helped patients feel less stressed and more at peace. The manual Art and Spirituality is available along with art supplies upon request.
- PRAYER BLANKETS:
These 'love covers' have been sewn with love and prayers by volunteers from local congregations and other community groups. They are distributed to patients on request
Members of the staff and volunteers travel through the hospital once a week, as well as on special occasions, singing for patients and families at the bedside.
- CERTIFIED MUSIC PRACTITIONERS:
Certified Music Practitioners are available to play at the bedside offering comfort and relaxation. For more information, visit the Music for Healing and Transition Program website.
The labyrinth is located on the 12th floor in the solarium. Walking a labyrinth can be a sacred journey. Change, growth, discovery and transformation have all been experienced by those who walk labyrinths. For centuries, labyrinths have been valuable additions to European cathedrals.
Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. Staff and volunteers have been trained in this technique and are available to offer their services on request.
- Join CaringBridge:
CaringBridge is a web-based organization where you can establish your own web page and journal to share information and stories about your hospital experience with all your friends at one place. From any computer with internet access, go to www.caringbridge.org . Click on "Create a Caring Bridge site" and follow the easy directions. Then tell your family and friends about your CaringBridge site.
The Society for Arts in Healthcare
We are part of a larger movement to integrate Arts in healthcare through The Society for Arts in Healthcare This is a diverse, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to transforming the healthcare experience by connecting people with the power of the arts at key moments in their lives.
Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz
This book tells the stories of spiritual care volunteers serving at Upstate University Hospital. Contributions are gratefully accepted so that we can continue to distribute this booklet free of charge.