Being a chaplain is an inner calling, a loving desire to serve others with no expectation of reward. This can be one of the most satisfying and rewarding experiences of life.
The SGMH chaplains are an important part of the healthcare team.
Who are the chaplains?
The chaplains are people who give the gift of themselves and of their time to do something in which they believe; people who, by their actions, not just their words, are ready to help where help is needed; and people who are ready to serve where service is wanted.
Chaplains minister to the immediate spiritual and emotional needs of the patients and their families and the hospital staff. They provide 24-hour, 7-days-a-week "on-call" coverage.
In the often stressful and demanding healthcare environment, the chaplain is an understanding friend and confidant. The chaplains provide a listening ear and a pastoral point of view. They are advocates for patient rights. The chaplains are a vital part of the healthcare team that provides excellent and complete patient care.
The chaplains are available at all times to provide spiritual or emotional support to patients, their families and friends in the hospital. The chaplains make daily rounds throughout the hospital and are available to those who desire their company. If you would like to speak to a hospital chaplain, please call ext. 6103 or ask your nurse to make the request.
- Provide spiritual support
- Provide an avenue for ethical discussions
- Encourage the discussion of pain, fear and other concerns
- Are concerned with issues surrounding death and loss
- Nurture the process of forgiveness and reconciliation
- Respect the confidentiality of the patient
- Are sensitive to the patient's illness and needs
- Are available for family conferences