“Closure is something that is healing for all those in mourning,” said Chaplain Charles Ignatius, Director of Pastoral Care at Schervier Nursing Care Center.
Riverdale, NY (PRWEB) January 22, 2013
Bon Secours New York Health System, Schervier Nursing Care Center, located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, hosted a memorial service on January 12, 2013, to honor the lives of 90 residents who passed away at the care center within the past six months.
Held in the Sacred Heart Chapel, Schervier’s on-campus chapel, the memorial service attracted more than 120 friends and family members of the deceased, to celebrate memories, come together as a community, and to show support for one another. As loved ones entered the chapel, they were given a rose to place in a vase in the sanctuary when the name of their deceased loved one was called. The beautiful service, prepared and led by Chaplain Charles Ignatius, also featured a slideshow tribute, which displayed pictures and names of the deceased, accompanied by a musical arrangement. Family members were also encouraged to share stories of their loved ones and to reflect on shared memories during the service. Refreshments were served to those in attendance following the service providing attendees with an opportunity to meet others dealing with the same emotions.
“Closure is something that is healing for all those in mourning,” said Chaplain Charles Ignatius, Director of Pastoral Care at Schervier Nursing Care Center. “By creating an opportunity for family members to return to Schervier, where many visited weekly and even daily, the service facilitated families to reconnect with the caregivers and other staff they had come to know and rely on for support. Schervier expresses its sympathy to families and friends who have recently lost a loved one, and extend its gratitude to the staff members who helped arrange the memorial service, including the social work department and the pastoral care team.”
Schervier hosts many services, religious ceremonies, activities and events, all customized and designed to adequately meet the specific needs of its residents and their family members. For more information on Schervier’s calendar of events visit http://www.scherviercares.org, or its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SchervierNursingCareCenter.
About Bon Secours New York Health System
Bon Secours New York Health System is part of Bon Secours Health System Inc., a not-for-profit Catholic health system headquartered in Marriottsville, Md.
Schervier Nursing Care Center is located in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, and is part of Bon Secours New York Health System, whose mission is to bring compassion to health care and to be “good help to those in need.” Bon Secours New York’s mission is carried out through the services and programs of Schervier Nursing Care Center, Schervier Short-Term Rehabilitation in Riverdale, Schervier Respite Care, Schervier Center for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care, Schervier Home Care, Schervier Cardio/Pulmonary Sub-Acute Care, the Bon Secours Center for Research in Geriatric Care and the Schervier Apartments. Information about Schervier and Bon Secours New York may be obtained from the Admissions Office at 2975 Independence Avenue in Riverdale, by calling (718) 548-1700, and at http://www.scherviercares.org.