A chaplain is a spiritual care specialist in the hospital environment. They provide spiritual and emotional support and counseling to patients, family members, and caregivers. Chaplains are often from a variety of religious backgrounds, and although chaplains belong to a specific religious group, they provide interfaith and nondenominational spiritual services- meaning that people of all religious faiths and those with no religious affiliation will be respected.
Chaplains are available at hospitals to connect with people who may need spiritual support or are in search of comfort or meaning. They provide counseling to patients, family members, and caregivers. Chaplains may also lead religious services in the hospital's chapel or in patient rooms. Their goal is to provide spiritual and emotional support and counseling to help those who may be experiencing spiritual distress, and to bring in other religious practitioners if they are needed, such as a Catholc priest or Jewish rabbi.
- Spiritual Assessments
- Crisis Intervention
- Ethical decision-making
- Religious sacraments
- End of life support
- Assistance with Advance Directives
- Memorial Services
If you are interested in speaking with a chaplain, let a member of the health care team know.
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