Religious service at The Boston Home

During an extended visit to the Boston area, Monsignor Alex Bobby Benson, Director of Matthew 25 House in Koforidua, Ghana, officiated at a Catholic Mass at The Boston Home.

The Boston Home offers an innovative Wellness and Spirituality program with relaxation, meditation, and on site religious services for residents of various faiths. Residents living with progressive disease discuss their spiritual lives with each other and trained staff, including Rev. Dr. Jeffery Johnson, coordinator of the non-denominational Spirituality program, designed to “nurture the needs of the mind, body and spirit.”

Regular wellness programs include relaxation, Compassionate Touch and Reiki. Comforting rituals including creating lists of New Years’ intentions and the annual blessing of the hands for members of the staff during staff appreciation week.

Residents participate in two weekly creative writing groups that started in 1993.

Some of the special practices developed at The Boston Home include:

  • Peace Doves

    Memorial Peace Doves and Cranes

    The Boston Home staff and residents have developed an innovative formal end of life ritual for residents that has proved meaningful for families, friends, and those in the deceased person’s circle of friends and caregivers at The Boston Home.

Catholic Mass, Protestant services, and Friday Shabbat services are held at The Boston Home.

hanukkah candlesOther religious holidays observed at The Boston Home include:

  • Seder
  • Nightly lighting of the Menorah during Hannukah
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Palm Sunday

 

 

Volunteers in the Spirituality program include:

Bethel AME Church, Jamaica Plain – co-pastors Rev. Gloria E. White-Hammond, M.D. and Rev. Ray A. Hammond, M.D., with additional pastoral care from Rev. Liz Walker and others

Saint Gregory’s Parish, Dorchester – Rev. Vincent E. Daily, STD

Carney Hospital, Dorchester – Chaplain, Father Brian McMahon

 

For more information, please contact Rev. Jeff Johnson, Coordinator jjohnson@thebostonhome.org

Lucille Haratsis, LCSW, Director 617.326.4348 lharatsis@thebostonhome.org