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Providing spiritual care to coronavirus patients has become increasingly challenging but pastors, rabbis and other spiritual advisors are finding ways to lend support even to the most critical patients in isolation.
"We want to help people find reassurance, meaning, comfort, peace if possible," said Deborah Thompson, manager of spiritual care at Swedish Medical Center.
Thompson says helping those battling COVID-19 connect to their faith and spiritual community is difficult, but sacred.
"It has been both heartbreaking and also very rewarding work," she said. "I don’t know if rewarding is the right word, but it . . . really goes to the core of what we do as chaplains."