Remembering Mary with a gift for pastoral care
For Jack Faulkner, going through his wife’s illness and death would have been more difficult without the support and prayer he received from Joe Davis, a volunteer chaplain at Baptist Medical Center South.
“Having Joe there gave us a great deal of comfort during those final days,” Jack said. “Not everyone has a chaplain or clergy member they can rely on. ”
After losing his wife of 59 years, Mr. Faulkner wanted to honor Mary’s memory in a significant and long-lasting way. His gift for pastoral care represents the first endowment for Baptist South. The gift will live on in perpetuity, with annual distributions providing funds to enhance education, programming and pastoral care needs.
At Baptist Health, pastoral care teams provide 24/7 support for the spiritual and emotional aspects of the health care experience. Our chaplains minister from a multi-faith perspective and always respect the beliefs and preferences of our patients and families.
Jack recognizes that people often deny pastoral care until it becomes a near-death situation, then many welcome and appreciate the comfort and kind words from a chaplain. “This endowment helps ensure that pastoral care will be available to others in their greatest time of need,” Jack explained.
It gives Jack peace knowing that the Mary Virginia Faulkner Pastoral Care Endowment will continue to bless other people who are experiencing a difficult hospital stay or a death. And he knows Mary would approve.