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Spiritual Care Services

We understand that during times of crisis, spiritual care can play a major role in providing you and your family with the best possible support. For this reason, we offer a number of services to assist in your spiritual well-being.

At NCH we realize life can be challenging. We understand that not everyone has a religious affiliation, but many people are spiritual. The Spiritual Care Team at NCH strives to provide holistic and compassionate spiritual care for healing. Through interdisciplinary collaboration, we address the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, families and NCH staff.

Spiritual Care Services Contact Information

Monday–Friday: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
847‑618‑4250

Professional Chaplain Services

Our chaplains are always available to reach across faith group boundaries to meet your needs. They’re available immediately or on call at any time you need them. All of our chaplains hold master’s degrees and are trained in clinical pastoral education (CPE). They have the empathy, the experience and the compassion to help you:

  • Maintain hope and uphold human dignity
  • Re-evaluate and clarify meaning and purpose
  • Access spiritual resources and identify spiritual needs
  • Address questions of meaning in the face of illness and chronic suffering
  • Make decisions in respect to creating advance directives, do not resuscitate (DNR) and withdrawal of life support options
Multi-Faith Religious Resources
  • Copies of Christian and Jewish scriptures
  • Roman Catholic prayers and rosaries
  • Devotional materials
  • CareNotes—booklets that address specific spiritual and emotional issues
Sacramental Ministry
  • Roman Catholic Eucharistic Ministers offer communion 10:00 am–12:00 pm each day, except non-religious holidays
  • A Roman Catholic priest is on call to address other sacramental needs on a daily basis
  • Communion available to non-Catholics upon request
  • Baptism for infants and children of all Christian faiths available when there is an immediate danger to the life of the child
Space for Prayer and Contemplation

The Chapel on 3 West provides a quiet place for reflection and prayer at all times. There are also two outdoor spaces as well. The Renew Through Sharing Memorial Garden is a peaceful and quiet place for families to reflect on the loss of a loved one and the Cancer Services meditation garden offers a spot of serenity near the main entrance to the hospital.

Advance Directives

Find additional information about advance directives, living wills, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders and power of attorney here.

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