Prayers change for terminally ill

Hospice forum

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — SouthernCare Hospice held a luncheon and symposium on Tuesday to help educate local clergy and others dealing with terminally ill patients.

Clergy from several local churches and health care providers gathered at Antone’s Banquet Centre in Boardman to learn how to better serve the needs, both spiritually and emotionally, of the terminally ill.

Community Relations Director Danielle Procopio said ministers are often called to pray for those who are sick and those prayers are for healing. At some point, healing may not be an option and a different type of journey must be recognized.

“At seminary and at school, these things aren’t taught. So, we are trying to bring the resources we’ve found at SouthernCare with our clients and our families to the area clergy and other professionals,” said Procopio.

SouthernCare’s chaplain, Rev. Mark Mills, addressed the group.

Procopio said the forums will be scheduled twice a year and will expand to surrounding counties.

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