Spirituality is an integral component of healing. Spiritual health is a source of coping, inner strength, peace, hope and comfort in times of distress. Hospital admissions may lead to spiritual distress for a variety of reasons. Addressing this distress can contribute to a greater scene of wholeness and wellness. Members of the Spiritual and Religious Care Team are professionally trained chaplains, and spiritual care providers, who offer multi-faith care in a clinical setting.
Spiritual care not only supports patients in their spiritual distress; but also journeys with patients during times of consolation and peace.
Spiritual care provides:
- Assessment of spiritual needs and concerns
- Listen and facilitate communication
- Spiritual support and counsel
- Assistance in contacting faith group leaders
- Arranging end of life rituals and sacraments
- Support during times of crisis and trauma
- Support in decision making
- Exploration of options for reconciliation
- Assistance in the grieving and bereavement process
- Offering prayer/meditation as means of support, and resilience
- A Sacred Space for prayer, meditation, or reflection
Sacred Space at QCH
Queensway Carleton Hospital offers patients, family members, and visitors a Sacred Space for prayer, meditation, or reflection. It is located on the first floor, past the QCH Gift Box.
Contacting Spiritual Care
A Spiritual Care staff member is available on-call 24 hours a day seven days a week. A Roman Catholic Priest is available five days a week excluding Wednesdays, and Saturdays. Please contact the QCH switchboard for after-hour emergencies.
Patient and Family Resources (for grief, bereavement and coping)The Canadian Virtual Hospice
Cultural ResourceInuktitut Resource