Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy Services
The challenge of illness can be frightening, but it can also become a vehicle of profound healing and awakening — physically, emotionally and spiritually. We are here for you, whether to hold your hand or celebrate your healing. CPMC chaplains are trained to compassionately attend to your spiritual and emotional needs as well as those of your loved ones.
We offer care and support for people of all religious affiliations as well as those who follow no faith tradition. We can also connect you with a member of your faith community. The CPMC Spiritual Care Team consists of Staff Chaplains, Healing Harp Practitioners, Clinical Pastoral Education Year-long Residents and Part Time Interns, and Volunteer Chaplains and Sacramental Ministers.
Spiritual Care Team Mission
Our goal is to provide excellent professional spiritual care to patients, families and staff inclusive of all religious traditions, cultural backgrounds and spiritual expression. We aim to provide excellent educational opportunities for people preparing for professional chaplaincy and all levels of ACPE training. We participate as partners and integrate our services into the mission of the four campuses of CPMC.
- Inclusiveness—Our mission is carried out through the values of inclusiveness, as the department and its ACPE program will be multicultural, multiethnic, interdenominational, interfaith and holistically oriented.
- Justice—The department and its ACPE Certified CPE Program will foster fairness and access in all its affairs, specifically but not limited to persons and issues of race, culture, faith, gender, sexual orientation and able-bodiedness.
- Community Service—We see our ministry extending beyond CPMC, maintaining networks and relationships with community clergy and faith communities to provide educational resources and outreach.
- Research and Publication—We encourage scholarships related to Spiritual and Pastoral Care, and will promote research projects and publication as valuable ministries.
The harp has been used as a therapeutic instrument for thousands of years helping patients create an opening for healing in the body, mind, emotions and spirit. Specific harp playing techniques geared toward individual patients have been shown to reduce pain, lower blood pressure, regulate breathing, relieve depression and anxiety, stimulate the immune system and provide spiritual comfort. We have a Healing Harp Team on the Pacific Campus. Learn more about Healing Harp
Spiritual Care Provided by Chaplains
Patient Care Support Activities:
- Available to visit patients 24/7 on all four campuses.
- Provides patients with supportive, reflective time to talk about how their spiritual or religious experiences and beliefs can support them in the hospital and healing process.
- Offers or arranges for spiritual or religious support for all faith traditions and beliefs.
- Provides or arranges for the practice or experience of religious sacraments and rituals such as baptism, blessing, communion, sacrament of sick, confessions, chanting, etc.
- Support to patients’ families and loved ones so they can continue to offer their best care to the patient.
Patient’s Interdisciplinary Team Engagement:
- Provides Spiritual Assessments outlining areas of patient needs and resources, and plans of care.
- Shares information about how the patient understands their illness or disease.
- Communicates how this hospitalization experience is impacting the patient’s healing process.
- Educates patient about how their religious or spiritual experiences and beliefs impact their healing process.
Staff Care Support Events and Activities:
- Tea for the Soul, a time to check in, offered to teams when they are particularly stressed or after stressful incidents.
- Blessing of Hands, for celebrations and times of reflection.
- Staff memorial and remembrance services.
- Individual one-on-one support.
- Religious observance support such as Ash Wednesday, Ramadan, etc.
To Request a Chaplain Visit:
Please let your nurse know that you would like a chaplain visit.