Emotional Spiritual Care and Prayer Line
In response to these uncertain times, California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (DR) has set up a call-in prayer line that is staffed with CSBC Disaster Relief trained chaplains to offer emotional and spiritual support as well as prayer and encouragement to those who might be alone, isolated or discouraged. The line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week through the COVID-19 crisis. 1-888-C19-PRAY (1-888-219-7729).
The line is staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week through the COVID-19 crisis.
Dealing with COVID Stress
In the event of pandemic and social distancing, traumatic grief becomes disenfranchised grief. The socially accepted ways of grieving and mourning do not take place (gathering for funerals, wakes, visitation, etc.) and the emotional consequences include additional anxiety, a feeling of isolation, a sense of abandonment, and misunderstandings of many kinds. More information about understanding and assisting is detailed in an article entitled Understanding Disenfranchised Grief and Mourning During Pandemic
Ministry During Pandemic is a detailed guidance and training manual for chaplains and pastors for ministry during this time of pandemic. Chapters 5-12 are especially helpful during these days.