Spiritual Care and Medical Directives

The Pastoral Care Department believes that a person’s spiritual wellbeing can be an aid to the physical healing process. GRMC offers Pastoral Care services to patients, families and staff members. If you or your loved ones are in need of spiritual care while at GRMC, pastoral care staff and chaplains will offer compassion, support and respect for all faith traditions.

In addition to providing support during an illness or crisis, the chaplains are trained to offer assistance with:

  • Advanced Care Planning
    • Living Wills – Written instructions that explain your wishes regarding healthcare should you have a terminal or irreversible condition. They are called living wills because they take effect while a patient is still alive. Download a Living Wills Form.
    • Medical Powers of Attorney (MPOA) – In a written document, you can name a person to be your healthcare agent. This agent will make decisions for you if you become unable to do so. Download a MPOA Form.
  • Out of Hospital DNR (Do Not Resuscitate)
    An Out of Hospital DNR is NOT an Advance Directive. It is an actual order from your physician. It directs that you not be resuscitated out of the hospital regardless of the condition of your health. These orders are usually reserved for individuals who are terminally or irreversibly ill and possibly receiving Hospice Care. This form when presented to any Emergency Medical Personnel will stop them from providing any treatment (i.e. CPR, defibrillation, artificial ventilation) that would restore any cardiac or respiratory function. Download a DNR Form.
  • Bereavement or Grief Support
  • Organ and tissue donation
    • Donate Life Texas
    • South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
    • Lone Star Lions Eye Bank
    • Texas Organ Sharing Alliance

A Chaplain is present in the medical center from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A Chaplain is available on an on-call basis at all other times by contacting the unit nurse or calling the operator at (830) 379-2411. Also, upon request, the Chaplain’s office will contact a patient’s own church and/or clergyperson. The Rev. Nell Linebarger Chapel is an interdenominational chapel available for prayer and reflection located near the front entrance of the Patient Tower. Spiritual worship services are held periodically in the medical center.