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This week's reflection

This week's reflection

The great gift of Easter is hope - Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake.

Basil Hume

Spiritual care

Spiritual care at Covenant Health promotes the spiritual and emotional health of patients, residents, families and staff.  Our skilled team of professional Chaplains provide spiritual care to our patients, residents and families, and are supported by many faith community volunteers.

How can I request spiritual care services?

To request a visit from Spiritual Care during your stay, please ask any member of your healthcare team.

What are Chaplains?

Chaplains are healthcare professionals who have Masters-level education in theological/religious studies, have completed integrative clinical training (Clinical Pastoral Education) and who hold membership with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).

Chaplains are practitioners who help people draw upon their own spiritual, religious and cultural resources for direction, strength, wisdom and healing as they journey through life’s stages.  Chaplains are integrated members of the health care team and provide spiritual leadership across Covenant Health sites.

How can Chaplains help me and my loved ones?

Our chaplains can:

  • Provide end-of-life support, ceremony, or decision-making
  • Guide you during crisis situations
  • Help you explore meaning and purpose in life
  • Support people experiencing grief and loss
  • Support families and friends who are impacted by a loved one’s illness or death
  • Help you explore ethical concerns facing patients, residents, and staff
  • Facilitate Community Spiritual Care Volunteers

What kinds of services can Chaplains offer?

Our Chaplains offer:

  • On-site religious worship services and special events
  • Religious care (prayer, requests for communion/sacraments, or facilitating visits from diverse faith leaders)
  • A supportive relational presence during times of stress and vulnerability
  • Resources for memorial/funeral service planning
  • Respect for all religious traditions and faiths and a link to community faith groups and leaders
  • Quarterly memorial services