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Making tough medical decisions

Updated: Tuesday, October 29 2013, 07:43 PM CDT
It's never easy being at the hospital, especially for long amounts of time. Families often have to make tough medical decisions and sometimes have to say goodbye to loved ones.
Angels who are there emotional support.

When you think of a hospital, you often think of doctors, nurses, and all sorts of equipment. It can be overwhelming when making a tough medical decision. That's why there is a chapel and pastoral support to be there every step of the way.

Reverend Luann Young puts on gloves and a gown and visits patients everyday. She brings hugs and a reassuring smile.

Young is the head of the pastoral care staff at Sacred Heart hospital.
She's been helping Beverly and Ray Henderson for the past four years. Ray has congestive heart failure and chronic kidney disease.

"I'm not gonna say its been easy, because it ain't been easy." said Ray. They've had to make tough decisions, but Reverend Young has made it a little easier for them. She often hold their hands and help them pray for answers. His wife, Beverly said, "She's been through my worst trials with me, how can you not be close."

The pastoral staff becomes family for many of the patients. They are often a constant companion during some of the toughest times.

 Rev. Young said, "We are there for everything from birth to death. Many patients I met on first day of diagnosis,. I've been here for when they say look at me, how great I'm doing! From being on the bedside when they pass away, its hard."

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