The chaplain is available to provide emotional/spiritual support to patients, their families and coworkers as appropriate. The chaplain is a member of the Bioethics Committee, working together with other disciplines to support families in making complex end of life decisions for and with a loved one. The chaplain is available to assist in completing Advance Directives as requested. This consists of determining treatment options and selecting a healthcare representative to advocate for one's wishes when unable to communicate healthcare decisions. The chaplain also facilitates a weekly grief support group open to the community that respects various belief systems and non religious preferences.
Weekly Grief Support
Meetings are held in the Family and Friends Room or the Willamette Room at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center. The group meets weekly on Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:30pm (except holidays such as Christmas). Facilitated by the chaplain, Grief Support meetings are open to the community for various types of losses. Please call 541-726-4478 for more information and to confirm meeting place and time.
Accessing the Bioethics Committee
Situations appropriate for an ethical consultation are complex cases that may involve disagreement on treatment choices of a patient and their family, designated heath care representative, and physicians and nurses. The committee attempts to assist with offering a place to review and consider other options to resolve the various problems that are contributing to frustration and concern in a particular case.
Printable Advance Directives for Oregon residents. If help is needed in understanding and completing the form, please ask your primary nurse or the chaplain for assistance.