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Spiritual Care

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

A child's illness or injury can be one of life's most distressing experiences. Watching a child or teenager suffer is, for many, an unbearable strain. It raises many intense emotions and often painful questions:

  • "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 (chaplains) 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 Children's Hospital.

Contact us

A spiritual health practitioner (chaplain) 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

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

Chapel / Sacred Space: BC Women's Hospital, 2nd floor corridor

BC Women's Hospital
Room 2N34
4500 Oak Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1

Our practitioners

We are specially trained and experienced in supporting children and teens, 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 (chaplain) 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 Practitioners

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Leader

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


Resources

Chapel/Sacred Space & Quiet Room

  • The Chapel/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 (chaplain).

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