Sunday, July 17, 2016

Mindfulness Prayer to Begin IDT Meetings

by John Florian

I am a hospice chaplain working in Central Ohio and am asked in that role to provide a prayer at the beginning of our interdisciplinary team meetings. I want the prayer to be truly interfaith and non-denominational, but even more importantly, I want the prayer to meet the team where it is in the moment, and to inspire them in their work. I use a mindfulness bell to set the tone for the prayer and to create a space in the day.

Here is a prayer I created for our team:

(mindfulness bell)

Let's take a deep breath . . . and find our spiritual center (pause)

May God bless our ministry today.

We call to mind the patients and families we are privileged to serve, and hold them in our hearts (pause)

Inspire us to be instruments of Your Compassion, offering genuine presence, comfort and hope to those we meet.

Since we often feel overwhelmed, help us take care of each other, and remember to take care of ourselves as well.

Help us to be patient with one another, and with ourselves, and when recognizing a Moment of Grace, to smile in appreciation.

May God bless our ministry today, and always.


Editor's note: John has graciously given permission for other hospice and palliative care teams to use this opening prayer for noncommercial purposes. If you do use it, please let us know what you think. If you have other suggestions for how you open your meetings that you would like to share with the community, please email

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