Lighting the Darkness:
A Gathering in Gratitude
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
7:00 pm ET
Greetings and blessings from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network and the Spiritual Care Association. It is my pleasure to invite you to an event that will pay tribute to the dedication and sacrifice of health care professionals in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This virtual gathering, Lighting the Darkness: A Gathering in Gratitude and Remembrance, will be held here on Tuesday, November 17th, at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.
While there are no words to capture the selfless commitment of these greatly missed and consummate health care professionals, we feel it an obligation to acknowledge all they’ve given to alleviate the suffering – physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual – created by this novel coronavirus.
Our affiliated organizations, HealthCare Chaplaincy Network (HCCN) and Spiritual Care Association (SCA), are compelled by many reasons to host such an event. We are part of this community of caregivers. We provide chaplains of many faiths and backgrounds – board certified professionals who are also working long hours, stretching their own capacities to provide comfort and meaning for patients in isolation and connect them with their families who are desperate to give them love and support. And our chaplains are helping nurses, doctors, and many others to deal with the stresses of facing the pandemic directly day after day, so they can continue their critical work.
In addition to honoring those who have been lost, the program for Lighting the Darkness: A Gathering in Gratitude and Remembrance will include the presentation of our annual Wholeness of Life awards to outstanding caregivers who have demonstrated the highest level of patient- and family-centered care in their practices. The full program will run as follows:
7:00 p.m. EST – Program begins (return to this page on November 17):
Opening remarks by myself and our Chairman of the Board, Mr. Michael H. Schoen
Presentation of Wholeness of Life awards
Reading of names of staff members who have passed away, interspersed with brief prayers by clergy representing the Catholic, Muslim, Jewish, and Protestant traditions.
The program will run for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
I hope you will join us. You will be standing with others in our extraordinary medical community for the health care professionals who have shown the ultimate commitment to the well-being of patients and their families.
Rev. Eric J. Hall, DTh, APBCC
President and CEO
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network
and Spiritual Care Association