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Marianna Wolfmeyer

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Oncology Chaplain

Centegra Sage Cancer Center

Employment History

  • Chaplain for the Centegra Sage Cancer Center
    Centegra Sage Cancer Center
  • Oncology Counselor, Chaplain
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Wellness House, 1 Oct 2009 [cached]
Marianna Wolfmeyer, Oncology Chaplain at Centegra Health Systems
"I think sometimes people have the ..., 20 May 2008 [cached]
"I think sometimes people have the expectation if they get through it once, they're going to be OK," said Marianna Wolfmeyer, chaplain for the Centegra Sage Cancer Center at Centegra Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry and facilitator for Living with Grief, the hospital's bereavement group.
Sharing grief with others is important during a period when many people experience what is known as disenfranchised grief, when societal and cultural pressures discourage the bereaved from outwardly expressing their loss, Wolfmeyer said.
"People need to have permission to experience whatever it is they can experience and are experiencing in the moment," she said.
That starts with remembering that grief doesn't take a vacation , or a holiday , just because we do, Wolfmeyer said.
"Essentially there's no fix for your grief and there's no really getting over it in a real sense," she said.
Marianna Wolfmeyer, oncology ..., 1 July 2010 [cached]
Marianna Wolfmeyer, oncology counselor, chaplain and grief support specialist at the cancer center, is involved with people from diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
"Many people have treatment for five to six weeks, five days a week," Wolfmeyer said. "Over that period of time, they feel the support of the Cancer Center community that tries to meet various needs they may have as they receive treatment."
For Wolfmeyer, the opportunity to be with patients, families and community members is the best part of her job.
"I get to connect with people in sacred and rich times of life and empower individuals to manage their experience," she said.
Wolfmeyer's kind and compassionate caring represents just one part of the services offered at Centegra Sage Cancer Center and she knows that success is dependent on the contributions of every highly trained member of the multi-disciplinary cancer care team. It is the dedication and willingness to bring individual talents to serve patients that makes the Center a unique place for treatment.
"We understand the challenge of the cancer experience," Wolfmeyer said.
Marianna Wolfmeyer,Licensed ... [cached]
Marianna Wolfmeyer,Licensed counselor and chaplain at Centegra Sage Cancer Center
Centegra Health System - Centegra Sage Cancer Center Cares for Mind, Body and Spirit Through Pastoral Care Services, 22 Oct 2008 [cached]
As part of the team, Marianna Wolfmeyer serves as the oncology chaplain offering spiritual and emotional care and support to patients and their families throughout their cancer experience. According to Wolfmeyer, "Spiritual care is an essential part of the oncology continuum of care because it acknowledges the need for purpose and making meaning through connection with self, others, the world and the divine during a time of significant change and loss. It provides a safe and supportive environment in which many questions of life and death can be explored. Having a chaplain brings presence and understanding to an individual's unique experience as expressed in spiritual and religious values and beliefs."
Marianna's background and experience in pastoral care and oncology allows her to accompany those living with cancer from diagnosis through end of life. As part of each patient's treatment, Marianna performs a spiritual assessment to discover what nurtures each individual's unique spirit. After the assessment, it becomes even more clear as to what type of spiritual care is needed and Marianna can then put her care plan into action based on what each person holds spiritually meaningful.
Recently, Marianna held a ritual of remembrance and celebration in the Cheri Amore Garden of Hope, the healing garden outside the cancer center, in memory of two very special men who received radiation treatment at the Centegra Sage Cancer Center. Having met during treatment, the men and their wives often spoke of the cancer experience while attempting to ease its burden in the tranquility and comfort of the garden. In their time together they discovered that the men shared the same birthday. A plan was made for the four to meet in the garden a year after treatment to celebrate the common birthday. Sadly, less than a year later, cancer claimed the lives of the men, and one of their wives died unexpectedly. In offering continuing care and grief support to the lone survivor, Marianna made sure the importance and symbolism of the garden reunion was recognized during a memory celebration. Rituals, including poetry and prayer, as well as music, were shared by the families, friends and staff on that special summer day, as the everlasting connection of love and spirit even beyond death was affirmed."
Managing more practical matters can also provide important spiritual benefits for those living with cancer. During treatment each person is offered the opportunity to complete advance directives, at no cost, to ensure that his/her particular wishes about medical care are understood and documented in the appropriate legal form. Various spiritual aids including Care Notes, sacred literature and faith related symbols are also used for comfort and nurture.
Marianna is a certified thanatologist specializing in death, dying and bereavement. Grief support and education is provided through individual counseling and the Living With Grief support group program. She assists people planning for end of life and offers bedside care and support for the dying. She plans and officiates various rituals including funerals and memorial events. She is available to cancer patients, families, caretakers, friends and staff for care throughout the Centegra Health System.
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