Unfortunately, we hear countless stories of human suffering and loss of life. But as caregivers, being on the frontline of tragedy and crises each and every day is part of the job. Our work can take its toll and leave feelings of hopelessness. Finding hope in the wake of tragedy can be challenging. Despite the odds, employees at Rochester General Hospital are doing just that with help from its Spiritual Care Department.
As a way to refocus, relieve stress, and preserve hope, the Spiritual Care Department asked employees to share a memory, drawing, vision for the future, or anything that amplifies the spirit of hope in our community or in our world. Posters were left in each department to give employees the opportunity to express their thoughts and create personal messages of hope. More than 30 departments submitted completed posters.
“I was truly overwhelmed by the response and the sense of community within our hospital. Our employees really came together around a common because to express their thoughts and reignite feelings of hope throughout their departments,” said Levi Gangi, supervisor, Spiritual Care at RGH. “Hopelessness is often experienced when we disconnect from people and society. Bringing employees together to create these posters serve several purposes.”
“This project was a way for RGH caregivers to feel the positive energy that comes from expressing their most inspiring hopes in the face of the global challenges we experience,” said Doug Della Pietra, manager, Volunteer & Guest Services at RGH. “Even though they have different perspectives, they’re all connected by their common desire to reduce human suffering, and help heal those in our community and in our world.”
Although we cannot escape tragedy as part of life, the one thing we can do is remain hopeful. And sometimes at the end of a tough day, a little hope is all you need. Below are some of the messages of hope shared by your colleagues across RGH.