Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

Chaplains promote the spiritual and pastoral wellbeing of patients, relatives and staff.

They are available to all members of staff for confidential counsel and support irrespective of religion or race. A hospital chapel is also usually available. A Chaplain can offer a sensitive listening presence, help to facilitate conversation about spiritual concerns and mobilize the spiritual resources of patients and their families.

A Chaplain can provide support during family conferences and, because Hospital Chaplains are part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, they can provide support with treatment decisions and can assist in communicating with physicians and staff. In addition, a Chaplain can offer pastoral functions such as prayer or sacraments (baptism, communion, anointing), and memorial services.