Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital recognizes that for many people, spiritual care is an important part of getting and staying well. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to meet the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, their families and the staff, when desired.

Chaplains are available for patients and families who:

  • Are anxious, worried, afraid, upset or angry 
  • Are depressed, feeling hopeless and unable to cope
  • Fear losses
  • Question themselves or their relationships to loved ones, friends or God
  • Need spiritual strength
  • Need to understand “why”

Chaplains will: 

  • Listen and understand your feelings
  • Respect your faith
  • Accept you as a person of worth and value
  • Spend time with you and care for your spiritual needs
  • Offer prayer
  • Help you obtain information when asked
  • Provide meaningful ritual associated with your faith when requested
  • Be an emotional and spiritual resource to you in time of crisis or confusion
  • Help you sort through difficult decisions
  • Contact your minister on request

When requested, chaplains will also offer prayers of thanksgiving and blessing to help patients and families celebrate a positive event such as recovery or the birth of a child.