When you need spiritual or emotional support through you or your loved one’s health journey, lean on the chaplains at Spectrum Health.
Chaplains provide compassion, comfort and counsel to people of all faiths and traditions—including people who aren’t religious. Chaplains at Spectrum Health have completed special training in working with people in a health care setting.
Chaplain services are available to our:
Spectrum Health chaplains can support you and your loved ones in many ways. You may ask them to:
Chaplain services are always free.
For parents who have lost a child, our S.O.U.L. (Sharing Our Untimely Losses) Parent Support Group is available for grief support.
Find a quiet place to reflect, meditate or pray. Most Spectrum Health hospitals have an interfaith chapel that’s open to patients and visitors. To learn more, select a hospital below.
Spectrum Health offers accredited units of C.P.E. through A.C.P.E. (www.acpe.edu) Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is experiential, theological education designed to improve the quality of spiritual care offered by chaplains or spiritual caregivers of all faith traditions and level of experience.
The CPE program at Spectrum Health West Michigan uses the action-reflection action model of learning that integrates the components of spiritual care, personal and theological reflection, individual and group supervision, peer review, and supportive group process. The goals of the CPE program include the integration of Spiritual care, theology, psychology, and other behavioral sciences.
A unit of CPE is a minimum of 400 hours. Three hundred hours are direct spiritual care with patients.