One by one, Jerome Home staffers entered a quiet sanctuary of peace and healing on Feb. 6 to partake in Blessing of the Hands. In a darkened room filled with soothing music, people stepped up to the table where they immersed their hands in a bowl of water filled with rose petals. “May this blessing give you continued strength and courage to carry out your duties with care, concern, compassion and commitment,” said Nichol Burris, PC, THD, pastoral counselor, as she read a non-denominational prayer.
Karen Lemieux, LCSW, hospice social worker, of Hartford HealthCare at Home, was inspired to organize the first-time event to recognize and thank those who dedicate their work to caring for others. Many of those who participated said it was a time of peace and renewal.
“Our hands are instruments of care, for ourselves and our residents,” said Carmel Bennett, MSW, social worker. Katelin Bouchard, RN, who said she considers herself a spiritual person, described the experience as tranquil. “This is nice for our staff – they work so hard,” said Christine Gagliardi, MSW, LCSW, social services director. “They need to know they are important.”
Lemieux said she hopes Blessing of the Hands will be offered in other Hartford HealthCare settings.
Blessing of the Hands Prayer
Loving and gracious God, source of all life and goodness, hear the prayers we have for those who work to provide care and support especially for the residents and clients of Jerome Home.
May this blessing give you continued strength and courage to carry out your duties with care, concern, compassion and commitment.
May this blessing allow you to reflect upon healing care and love that you offer to the people who you touch physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We offer this blessing of the hands as an appreciation for all the lives you touch with your grace, care and loving ways.