VALLEY STREAM, NY – To offer a place of solace and accommodations for families visiting their loved ones, Franklin Hospital staff unveiled new meditation and Sabbath rooms recently.
The meditation room, located on the second floor of the hospital, is a multi-denominational area where people can pray, meditate and sit in a peaceful spot. The room features a worship area with about a dozen chairs, an altar, a table, a sink for ritual washing, two sofa chairs and a stained glass window. The room also has artifacts and religious books about many different faiths and meditation for patients, family members and staff .
“We are so pleased to offer our patients and their loved ones the opportunity to find peaceful refuge in this space during what might be a difficult time,” said Edward Cox, assistant executive director of the hospital. “People should feel welcome in this room and feel free to use it when they want to.”
In addition to the meditation room, the hospital has also created a Sabbath room where people observing the religious day can stay so they can see their loved ones without having to walk a great distance on this day. The room features two beds.
“It can be important for people to have their family members with them while they are in the hospital and we want to make sure that we make every effort for that to be possible,” said Myra Cohen, director of volunteer services at Franklin. “Knowing that people can be by their loved one’s side more easily with the use of this room is very rewarding.”
For more information about the pastoral services available at Franklin Hospital, call 516-256-6050.
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