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When to Call a Chaplain

Apart from a hospital Chaplain’s daily pastoral visitation, there are a number of situations and circumstances to which a hospital chaplain will be called such as:

Pertaining to patients and/or family members:

  • Distress experienced by patients and/or family members
  • A recent diagnosis creating anxiety, depression, anger
  • The decision-making process for a particular treatment or treatment change
  • Issues dealing with end-of-life concerns

Pertaining to staff personnel:

  • Stressful work environment issues
  • Personal issues possibly affecting oneself in the work environment
  • Types of code disaster situations

Chaplains are professionally trained people who are able to respond to the spiritual needs of others relating to issues of forgiveness and reconciliation, meaning of life, trust, faith, hope, love, as well as being proactive when the need for religious ritual is requested.

Whatever may be a person’s spiritual need, the Chaplain sustains the person’s integrity and supports that person in drawing from his/her own resources of spiritual strengths in order to cope with the ensuing circumstances.

Often times, Chaplains are called upon to minister to staff personnel around difficult patient issues as well as varied personal matters.


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