Spirituality is as unique as each person. For many it’s expressed through religious practice, overall it’s about the relationship you have with yourself, family and friends, as well as to God. This can also include your hopes and dreams… whatever helps you feel the vitality of life and a sense of belonging. When you connect with that, you connect with inspiration and meaning and these are just as important in your healing as medicine is.
We’re here to support you in reflecting on the meaning of suffering and provide assistance with healing and recovery whatever your cultural background, beliefs or religious affiliation. We can also help you connect with Clergy, Denominational Chaplains and Lay Visitors as available from your own faith community. Talking things through has a remarkable way of improving well-being and helping you feel empowered instead of overwhelmed.
Health care chaplains:
- Are certified as Specialists in Spiritual Care by the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC).
- Have graduate degrees: Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, or a master’s degree in a related discipline.
- Provide spiritual and religious support on request to patients, veterans, clients and their families.
- Facilitate the provision of sacraments and rituals requested by patients, veterans and clients.
- Respond to requests for cultural and religious resources.
- Smudging ceremonies can be arranged for patients by contacting spiritual and religious care.
- Counsel and support patients, veterans, clients and their families experiencing spiritual distress due to injury, prolonged illness, trauma, diagnosis, prognosis or loss of hope and meaning.
- Provide end of life care.
- Are trained to offer counsel and support to those who are experiencing grief, loss or bereavement, either individually or in groups.
- Supervise the training of spiritual care interns and residents through courses in clinical pastoral education (CPE).
Requests for Spiritual Care
- Requests can be made by patients, family members and/or any member of the inter-disciplinary health care team.
- At the QEII, call 902-473-4055 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For after hours urgent matters, call locating 902-473-2220 and ask for pager 2494.
- At the Dartmouth General, call 902-465-8472, or pager 4100.
- Outside of the QEII and DGH, spiritual and religious care is provided by clergy from the community. Ask your health care provider if you require assistance in contacting resources in your community.