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A Code Lavender is a holistic intervention code that hospital staff can call for themselves when they are being overloaded by stress and traumatic events at work.

When this code is triggered, a Code Lavender team is called to a designated quiet room within the hospital where staff can go for chaplain consultation and some down time. A chaplain will serve as a guide for staff to work through complex emotions. In the room, resources are also offered that will promote relaxation and restoration. The aim is to help staff refresh emotionally and physically.

Different therapeutic items in the room are offered to stimulate all 5 of the senses - touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight. These items may include coffee, tea, water, granola bars, chocolate, essential oils, restful music, colorful 3D handheld labyrinths, coloring books and markers, calming pictures, and self-care reading material such as poetry, words of affirmation and employee health referral information.

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health is currently using this method of self-care for medical staff.

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Tranquility Cart

Chaplains are called upon many times a day to help bring peace, care and compassion to patients and families. IU Health Methodist and University Hospital team members sometimes also need this type of care during their shifts. Medical staff members look forward to chaplains bringing the Tranquility Cart to their units. The cart is filled with rejuvenating beverages, snacks, treats and small items such as lip balm.

Chaplain L. Vern Farnum said, “The chocolate and lip balm go fast!”

Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services

Sanctuary Moment: Holiday Celebrations
November 29, 2021

We are entering that season of the year when we enjoy holiday celebrations. Each year the nations of the world and most religions celebrate during the late fall and early winter. As the seasons change, celebrations and commemorations note this cycle of life. As we move from the thankful harvest season into the contemplative winter season, we look forward to gathering with friends, family and colleagues.

This year, as with last year, we are challenged by the coronavirus. In my own family there is disagreement, sadness and anxiety as we discuss and work through the appropriate way to gather. Some people have already decided not to gather to be safe, protect one another and lessen the potential spread of the virus. Others have decided to gather in smaller groups as recommended by the CDC and others. All of us are working to find new ways to celebrate using virtual technology and other means by which we can be together in new ways. We are, once again, finding creative ways to adapt and adjust.

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This year, as every year, there will be celebrations. We will celebrate. Hindus celebrated Diwali a few days ago. Thanksgiving happened last week. Hanukkah is happening now. Christmas and Kwanza will be celebrated. People will celebrate in new, different and creative ways. Yet, we will celebrate.

I hope all of us will find a way to have a meaningful holiday season. In this environment, let us all discover new means by which we can express our love and compassion for one another, our families and friends.

May the joy and wonder of the holiday season be with each and every one of us as we celebrate.

L. Vern Farnum, D.Min, BCC, CT
AHC Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services Director
Methodist Hospital Chaplain Manager

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At IU Health, we never forget that our patients are much more than simply a disease to be treated or an injury to be healed. We know each patient is a multifaceted person, with physical, emotional and spiritual needs. That's why the people in the spiritual care and chaplaincy services department work closely with medical staff to assure the well-being of the whole person.

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