Spiritual and Emotional Health
Spectrum Health Pastoral Care and Bereavement
The Spectrum Health Pastoral Care and Bereavement Department provides spiritual and emotional support to patients, family and staff. We do this through the work of our staff chaplains, our Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, volunteers and Eucharistic Ministers. Chaplains are clinically trained members of the interdisciplinary team available to every patient and their support system.
While you, a family member or a friend are a patient in one of our hospitals, chaplains are available to support you and your loved ones in the following ways:
- Emotional and spiritual support for persons of diverse religious affiliations, including no religious affiliation
- Prayer, blessings, anointing, emergency baptism and other rituals
- Help with contacting your religious leader or someone from your faith tradition—as you request
- A caring listener
- A comforting and encouraging presence to patients and their families prior to surgery as well as in the course of their stay in the hospital
- Assisting patients and families with end of life decisions, including advance care planning
- Providing written and printed religious and spiritual resources
- Help for patients and families experiencing loss
- When you struggle with medical decisions related to your spiritual beliefs
- Accessing spiritual resources that are helpful to you
- If you would like to talk with a chaplain, ask a staff member to contact one of our chaplains.
For prayer and quiet reflection, you are welcome to visit the various chapels in each of the Spectrum Health hospitals. You are invited to use the prayer cards to leave your prayer requests in the chapel.
Our chaplains are available 24 hours a day at the following locations: Spectrum Health Hospitals Blodgett Hospital, Spectrum Health Hospitals Butterworth Hospital, Spectrum Health Hospitals Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, Spectrum Health Meijer Heart Center, and Spectrum Health Hospitals United Hospital.
For our Spectrum Health Rehab & Nursing location on Kalamazoo, chaplains are available on select days.
We welcome your questions and inquiries. Feel free to contact our manager at 616.391.3096.
While onsite at a Spectrum Health hospital, a patient or family member may request--through their medical team--for a chaplain to visit.
Additional Services We Offer
Communities of Faith - Area Clergy
Chaplains are able to assist patients and families in receiving support from a spiritual leader from their faith tradition. Typically this service is provided when a patient does not have a local faith community or their local clergy person is unavailable.