The Journey Through Spiritual Crisis. Helping Children and Families Find Hope. Presenters: Margo Richardson, Chaplain; Ann Romanczuk, Chaplain; Suzanne Owens-Pike, Lead Chaplain at HCMC. HCMC Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Program. Medical Co-directors: Andrew Kiragu, MD
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Helping Children and Families
Presenters: Margo Richardson, Chaplain; Ann Romanczuk, Chaplain; Suzanne Owens-Pike, Lead Chaplain at HCMC
Medical Co-directors: Andrew Kiragu, MD
Armantina Espinosa, MD
Program Coordinator/Social Services:
Kary Lehman, LGSW
Specialists: audiologist, chaplain, child life, dietician, interpreter, neuropsychologist, neurosurgeon, opthamalogist, intensivist, neurologist, nurses, occupational therapist, resident physicians, physical therapists, social worker, speech language pathologist
crying, screaming, pleading
talking, running, unfocused
blaming, controlling, distrusting
Forgiveness of self
Forgiveness of others
Purpose in Life Strength
Meaning in Life Idealism
Part of Self that is Inviolable
From McColl et al, “Spiritual Issues Associated with Traumatic-Onset Disability.” In Disability and Rehabilitation, 2000
Tolerance for others
Unity with others
Sense of belonging
Sacredness of life
Belief or faith that one is not alone
“partial death” & prolonged mourning
accepting the new me; burying the old me
bullying at school
making a way
(there’s a pony in here somewhere)
(good things can happen; the future is open)
external-fosters dependency, helplessness, blaming, seeking control of others, fear
internal-fosters confidence, hope, spiritual center of value, seeking control of self, trust
(Peleg et al., 2009)
The Pointer Sisters
“Now let us begin. Now let us rededicate ourselves to the long . . . but beautiful struggle for a new world.” ~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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