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Spiritual Care

Hamilton Health Sciences is committed to supporting the spiritual and emotional needs of our patients and their families during their hospital stay.

Our spiritual care practitioners, sometimes termed ‘chaplains’, offer therapeutic supports, including psychotherapy and spiritual reflection, and work closely with clinical teams to support patient care. Psycho-spiritual support is available for all patients and family members during their hospital stay.

A spiritual care practitioner (SCP) can help you in the following ways:

  • Offering psycho-spiritual support during hospitalization
  • Listening to your concerns within the confidential circle of care
  • Providing end-of-life rituals
  • Helping you access spiritual care resources and link with community faith leaders
  • Providing counsel following the loss of a loved one
  • Praying, meditating or reflecting with you

To request the support of a spiritual care practitioner, speak with a member of your healthcare team.

For additional information about spiritual care services at Hamilton Health Sciences, see below.

Contact a Spiritual Care Practitioner

A spiritual care practitioner (SCP) is available at all HHS hospital sites during regular business hours (9am-5pm), and on-call on evenings and weekends. To contact a SPC, please speak with a member of your healthcare team.

For hospital staff: To contact a SPC, please call hospital paging.

Spiritual Centres at HHS

Spiritual Centres are located in each of our hospital sites and are open at all times to patients and family members for prayer, meditation, quiet reflection and rituals such as smudging ceremonies. Spiritual Centres exist at the following hospital sites:

  • Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre
  • Hamilton General Hospital
  • McMaster University Medical Centre/McMaster Children’s Hospital
  • St. Peter’s Hospital

For specific location information, speak with our information desk staff at the front lobby.

Community Faith Leaders

Our spiritual care practitioners are able to contact community faith leaders within various faith traditions on behalf of our patients. If you would like to make a request for a community faith leader, please ask a member of your healthcare team.

Information for community faith leaders

If you are a community faith leader and wish to contact a hospital spiritual care practitioner or a current Hamilton Health Sciences patient, please contact our office at 905-521-2100 ext. 77088 or spiritualcare@hhsc.ca.

Clinical Education in Spiritual Care

Hamilton Health Sciences offers supervised pastoral education units. These units are offered through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care and Counselling which is a multi-faith organization committed to the professional development, certification and support of people involved in spiritual care, psycho-spiritual therapy, education and research.

Click for more information or to apply for a unit.