The spiritual care team at CVMC consists of two chaplains who are available weekdays to support patients, their families and friends, and hospital staff.
What Is Spirituality?
Spirituality is a term used to describe the way we seek and express meaning and purpose in our lives, as well as how we experience connection to ourselves, each other, nature, the moment, and the significant or sacred. Our understanding and experience of spirituality is unique to each of us.
What Is Spiritual Care?
Spiritual care is founded in a holistic view that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Our bodies give us physical access to the world, which can be compromised by disability, an accident, or illness. With our minds, we reflect on our experiences, remember the past, and imagine the future. The spirit can be thought of as our essence, what makes us unique, where we hold our deepest strength and most profound feelings. Spiritual care holds all of these aspects while focusing on the spirit, the essence of the person and where life holds meaning, particularly when coping with the uncertainty and stress of illness and life changes.
The goal of spiritual care is to support the beliefs and resources that help people cope by listening for what is important to them. This support may take the form of reflective listening to life stories; acknowledging and affirming feelings; sitting with tears; offering prayer, a guided meditation, or other ritual; contacting clergy and religious communities; facilitating difficult family conversations or discussions with medical staff; or visiting to ease loneliness and fear.
What Is a Chaplain?
Chaplains are spiritual care professionals who are clinically trained to assess and address the emotional and spiritual needs of people from all faith traditions and no faith tradition, agnostics, atheists, and those who don’t identify with the term spiritual. Chaplains respect all beliefs and values and help people find meaning and comfort by enabling them to identify and draw upon their own sources of inner strength. Many find comfort in simply connecting with someone who has the time to listen.
If you would like a visit from a chaplain, you can ask your nurse to make a referral, or call the spiritual care office at 371-4376.
Catholic clergy and lay leaders visit the hospital Monday through Thursday to offer prayer and communion. If you would like a Catholic visit, please ask your nurse or chaplain.
The CVMC chapel, on the second floor near the elevators and between the nursing units, is available 24/7 for private prayer, meditation, and reflection.
Religious texts and nonsectarian inspirational writings, poetry, and stories, as well as rosaries, Shabbat candles, and prayer rugs, are available upon request. Ask your nurse or phone the chaplains at 371-4376.