Journaling Project

Journaling Project

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Writing in a journal can help relieve stress and promote well-being. Specially trained volunteers visit with patients in several hospital units to provide journals and suggestions for using them. The journals were made possible by a gift from Epic Systems.

In the journals, an insert is provided that includes writing tips and ideas to help the patient get started.

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Janet Wimmer
Artist-in-Residence
February 9, 2016
 
Putting a smile on people's faces is such a delight! This morning a little 5 year old painted a yellow bird on a flowering branch. He and I told a story about his bird who sang such a beautiful song another bird befriended him. The two birds became best friends and sang happy songs in the forest for all the animals to hear. What a precious time with this amazing little fella!

Pedro Szalay
Artist-in-Residence
February 5, 2016
 
I went today to do my dance at 5th floor Psychiatry. One patient in the end came to me and told me, ‘You made my day”. I am so happy to be able to accomplish this and make patients smile. Thank you all for letting take part of this beautiful journey.
Peace

Keep Us Safe In The Storm
 
The sliding glass doors at the front of Carilion open and suffering enters. This suffering is not limited to the patients in their rooms or the family and friends who attend them. Today, while walking through the glass doors into the volunteer office, I discovered that sorrow had also entered; recently, two women each lost an adult son and a third lost a 22 year old nephew.