Signature launches interfaith ‘Blessing of the Hands’ series

In honor of Labor Day, Signature HealthCARE’s Spirituality Department has launched a weeklong series of interfaith ‘Blessing of the Hands’ ceremonies for those who choose to participate in order to honor the daily hard work of Signature’s valued caregivers.

Signature Chaplains consulted with administrators at their centers before developing plans for the ceremonies, which conclude Sept. 7.

Today, Clif Smith, Chaplain at The Bridge at Bay St. Joe, in Port St. Joe, Fla., posted available times for stakeholders who want to participate in the five-minute ceremony. He will make himself available to each shift.

“Last year, there were positive comments not only from nurses, but some residents,” Smith said, “concerning their appreciation of our company making available a public exhibition of faith at work in the lives of residents and stakeholders – centered on the tremendous care provided by our Nursing Department.”

Terry Lynch, Chaplain at The Bridge at Ridgely, also will offer two ceremonies on each Sept. 5 and 6 in order to serve both day and night shifts.

Meanwhile, Tim Hill, Chaplain at SHC of Nashville, will partner DON Lori Urell to host a Blessing of the Hands Day on Thursday, Sept. 5. The team will meet at the chapel twice that day, from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.

“This will cover all shifts and invitations will be given to those working that weekend to come and join us,” Hill said.

During the ceremony, oil is placed on the hands of participants as prayers are offered to bless the work of the caregivers.

“The idea here is to bless the beauty of our people in their dedication every day,” said Signature Vice President of Spirituality Dianne Timmering. “We have the best caregivers, and this is simply to honor them.”

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