Spiritual Care

Providence Health & Services' interfaith approach to spiritual care allows chaplains to serve the unique needs of patients, family members and staff of the health care community. The chaplains' focus is on supporting the deeper spiritual meaning and understanding of suffering and sickness, health and wellness. We offer this ministry through direct service, education and consultation in the compassion and charge of God's love.

Our staff is composed of women and men who are professionally trained chaplains. Our department also includes trained volunteers and chaplaincy students. Our chaplains are assigned throughout the hospital and work in conjunction with the health care team to serve you.

Services Available

  • Spiritual and emotional support to patients and family members.
  • Ministry to staff
  • Morning and evening prayer is offered over the public address system.
  • The chapel is available to all and is open for everyone as a place of quiet meditation and prayer.
  • Catholic Mass, Communion Services and other seasonal worship services.
  • The Sacrament of the Sick, Reconciliation and Communion are available upon request.
  • A Memorial Service is held biannually for loved ones of patients who have died.
  • Special services are conducted in accordance with the seasonal calendar.

Providence Health & Services Chaplains in the Spiritual Care department are committed to seeing that your faith, beliefs and values are honored while you are here and to provide you with excellent care.

How We Serve You

As a patient, visitor or staff member, a chaplain is available to:

  • Empower you to draw upon the strengths of your spiritual resources.
  • Listen respectfully to your personal story and reflect upon the meaning of life experiences.
  • Contact your own Pastor, Rabbi, or Spiritual Caregiver at your request.
  • Facilitate your celebration of the sacraments and rituals within your own faith tradition.
  • Assist in the preparation of an Advance Directive.
  • Provide spiritual and emotional support in times of crises.
  • Serve as a resource for ethical decision-making.
  • Assist you in your search for inner peace.

When to Call a Chaplain

Chaplains are available:

  • When you are anxious about your condition.
  • When you desire Prayer or Spiritual guidance.
  • When you receive bad news.
  • When you face difficult decisions.
  • When you want to receive a sacrament.
  • When you need information about community religious groups and resources.
  • When you are struggling with the meaning of your illness.
  • When you are grieving over a loss.
  • When you need assistance with Advance Directives.
  • When you are facing end of life care.

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