Our chaplains are professionally trained to offer spiritual and emotional support to you and your family. A chaplain is part of a larger care team, accompanying those in need of support, regardless of their faith tradition.
During a visit, the chaplain may ask about you, your story, and what matters most to you. Our chaplains may also ask how important spirituality is to you and which rituals and prayers you find meaningful. Like physicians and nurses, chaplains try to learn who you are and about your situation so they can provide the best care possible.
Our chaplains strive to provide spiritual support throughout our care site, working with other caregivers to support you and your loved ones. To contact a chaplain, ask your nurse or other care provider.
Chaplains can also help you understand and facilitate conversations about Advance Care Planning, making sure someone can speak for you if you cannot speak for yourself. It will be helpful to your loved ones and to your care team to know more about what kinds of care you want – and don’t want – in case you are ever unable to make those decisions. Click here to learn more about Advance Care Planning.
Many chaplains are also part of or work closely with our interdisciplinary palliative care teams. Palliative care is a medical specialty and philosophy of care, often for chronically ill patients, who need support while making complex decisions. A palliative care team, which frequently includes a physician, a nurse, a social worker and a chaplain, helps patients and families focus on the relief of pain and symptoms. Learn more about palliative care.
Many people face difficult life changes and loss, and we can offer support during these challenging times. Please call our care sites or reach out to our chaplains for more information about bereavement support. Let us be a source of comfort in your time of need.