St. Mark's Hospital
May 09, 2017

Laurie Hokanson sent event staff in search of Kleenex while she took off her glasses and collected herself. The tears had come during a brief prayer, and they continued to fill her eyes as she introduced herself to the next faith leader in line.

At St. Mark's annual Blessing of the Hands on Monday, Hokanson and others reflected on challenges like these as they met with hospital chaplains and community religious leaders. The multifaith event encourages caretakers to check-in on their own spiritual health.

The blessing, a tradition held at hospitals and schools around the world, also reminds participants of the role religion plays in their work, supporting the hospital's mission of addressing spiritual needs alongside physical and mental ones, said Saundra Shanti, lead staff chaplain at St. Mark's.

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