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Spiritual Care

Our spiritual health practitioners (chaplains) offer spiritual care for women and their families affected by illness or injury.
About


During your time at Women's, you may experience times of joy and celebration, or times of disappointment, distress and grief.  During difficult experiences, intense emotions and painful questions may arise:

  • "Why my child?" 
  • "How do I cope?" 
  • "Does anyone care?" 
  • "Where is God when it hurts?" 
  • "What does this mean?" 
  • "How can I keep going?"
We provide spiritual care to help you explore these questions and others. Our spiritual health practitioners are able to:

  • offer comfort and compassion
  • listen to your story
  • support you in your journey
  • help with ethical dilemmas you may be facing
  • offer spiritual support and prayer if you wish
  • help you plan special services
  • contact a local minister or spiritual leader
Watch a video (on the PHSA mediasite) to learn more about Spiritual Care at BC Women's Hospital.

Contact us
A spiritual health practitioner is available on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Outside of regular office hours, a team of on-call spiritual health practitioners responds to emergencies. 

Please ask a nurse or staff person to page us, or leave a message at our office. We are able to visit you in our office or any other area of the hospital.

Other locations
Sacred Space: BC Women's Hospital, 2nd floor corridor

Quiet Room: BC Children's Hospital, 3rd floor, Room 3D18

BC Children's Hospital
Room 3D9
4480 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3V4
Our Practitioners

We are specially trained and experienced in supporting women, and their families during times of stress. Our spiritual health practitioners (chaplains) are trained and certified by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).

The spiritual health practitioner is a member of your health care team and works closely with them to ensure your spiritual care needs are addressed.

We can help you explain to staff the needs you may have, related to your religious beliefs. It is our belief that spiritual well-being is an important aspect of health and something worth striving for.

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Leader

Spiritual Health Practitioners

Office hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Resources

Sacred Space & Quiet Room

  • The Sacred Space, along the 2nd floor corridor of BC Women's Hospital is open as a place of prayer for persons of all faiths and traditions.
  • The Quiet Room 3D18, on the 3rd floor of BC Children's Hospital, is a place where you can be away from the busy, stressful parts of the hospital and relax, undisturbed, with your thoughts and prayers.
Please feel free to use these places whenever you need a few peaceful moments.

Other resources


Books and written materials for children and adults are available through the Spiritual Care office. 

We serve people of many different faiths, and materials from your own tradition may be available. If you need help contacting your own minister or someone of your own religion, faith, or denomination, please speak to the spiritual health practitioner.
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