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Pastoral Care: Chaplaincy Services

Providing for the spiritual needs of patients
& their families 

John L. Good, III, Department of Pastoral Care:
978 922-3000, ext. 2791

To request a visit with a chaplain:
978 922-3000, ext. 2793
between 8 am and 5 pm
Or page a chaplain through the hospital operator

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The Department of Pastoral Care offers

  • Pastoral Care through conversation, relationship, fellowship and friendship to patients, residents, clients, family members and staff.
  • Counseling to help people find integration, wholeness and health by focusing on specific life issues.
  • Worship, prayer, meditation, communion and the Sacrament of the Sick.
  • Education, literature and other resources.

Your Stay
During your stay at Addison Gilbert Hospital, Beverly Hospital or one of our other affiliated healthcare provider locations, you may, if you wish, have a visit by one of our chaplains.

Chaplains are available for your spiritual needs and offer a caring ministry that is supportive and encouraging.

A Healthcare Chaplain is an ordained priest, minister, rabbi or trained lay person or a chaplain intern who may also be an ordained priest, minister, rabbi, trained lay person, or student under supervision.

Chaplain Visits
Visits from a chaplain are available Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 9:00 pm and at other times upon request.

Community Resources
In addition to a chaplain, you may request services from community clergy/religious leaders by contacting the Department of Pastoral Care, Nursing, or Social Services.

Ethical Issues / Decisions / Recovery / End of Life
Often illness and the complexity of medical technology, plus personal beliefs and preferences cause patients and their loved ones to be faced with difficult decisions.

When this is the case, Chaplains are available to support and assist those seeking comfort, counseling, meaning and strength.

Translators
Translation for non-English speaking patients is available.

Chapel
Our meditation chapel for people of all faiths is open 24 hours a day and serves as a quiet retreat for patients, their family members and friends. Those using the chapel can experience a sense of worship according to their own needs and individual beliefs.

 

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Examples of When You Might Want to See a Chaplain
• When you are feeling anxious, lonely, or isolated.
• When you are concerned about family, loved ones or yourself.
• When you desire prayer or confession.
• When you desire to receive sacraments and are unable to attend worship services.
• When you are experiencing an emotional and/or spiritual crisis.
• When you are having difficulty coping with your stay and feel a chaplain could be a good listener.
• When you are feeling guilty.
• When you have questions about your faith or religion.
• When you are feeling things aren't going the way you wish.
• When you have received or anticipate some bad news.
• When you feel like celebrating: you're going home, you're feeling better, or you've had a good day!

Prayer:
For Quietness and Confidence

O God of peace
you have taught us
that in returning and rest
we shall be saved,
in quietness and confidence
shall be our strength:

Lift us we pray, to your presence
where we may be still and know
that you are God