Spiritual Care Practitioners help us address the profound thoughts and feelings that can so poignantly arise at times of major illness or trauma. For many people, feeling connected to one’s spiritual source at such a time of upheaval and finding meaning and purpose in the midst of it all, is important. Each person’s need may take different forms such as a patient’s anxiety over an upcoming major surgery or someone coming to terms with the news of a life altering condition. For patients and families in the most difficult of circumstances, the crisis may involve anticipatory grief at the prospect of a life ending illness and then facing the moment of death itself.
Spiritual Care is available to acute care patients, care home residents, families, and staff irrespective of religious or spiritual affiliation. It is provided by professional Spiritual Care Practitioners who have a Master’s degree that includes extensive academic and clinical education that equips them to work in a multi-faith environment. The profession is recognized by the provincial government which has provided an official framework to guide its practice in Health Authority governed facilities.
Spirituality encompasses how we feel, think and perceive of our life as human beings. Spiritual Care Practitioners consider the whole human experience when someone is experiencing the crisis of illness and related suffering.
Spiritual Care Practitioners visit the majority of hospital units on a regular basis and are available by referral to all units. Hospital staff may refer by telephone. Once the referral is made the Practitioner will follow up directly with the patient for her or his spiritual needs. Learn more on our spiritual care contact page.
Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)
UBC Hospital and Purdy Pavilion
George Pearson Centre (GPC)
GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre (GFS)
Vancouver Community Home Hospice and Palliative Care Services
Lions Gate Hospital
North Shore Hospice
The HOpe Centre
Spiritual Care Practitioners are also available by referral to VCH locations not noted above.