The Spiritual Care Department at MassGeneral Hospital for Children provides spiritual care for patients, families and staff of all faiths and for those with no specific religious affiliation.
Spiritual Care support is available to people of all faiths and those with no religious affiliation. Spiritual Care Providers serve as members of the interdisciplinary care team working closely with nurses, physicians, palliative care, social workers, child life specialists and others. A Spiritual Care Provider is available 24 hours a day. The pediatric Spiritual Care Provider is available Monday-Friday during daytime hours.
Reasons to Call a Spiritual Care Provider
- Child/family raises spiritual questions
- Request for sacraments, prayer and religious ritual
- Spiritual distress
- Isolation, grief and loneliness
- Family meetings
- End-of-life decisions
- Request for clergy, religious articles, places of worship
- Staff support
To request a spiritual care visit, please place a referral through EPIC or page the on-call Spiritual Care Provider at beeper #27302. You may also contact the Spiritual Care department at (617) 726-2220.
The hospital chapel is located on the first floor of the Ellison Building and is open 24 hours a day for meditation, prayer, or quiet reflection.
- Roman Catholic Mass - Sunday at 12 pm and Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 4 pm
- Muslim Prayer Service - Fridays at 1 pm in the Thier Conference Room
The hospital masjid (Muslim prayer room) is located in Austen 109, around the corner from the hospital chapel. The masjid is open 24 hours a day. A prayer schedule is posted outside the masjid.
Scriptures and devotional literature from a variety of traditions are available by request from the Spiritual Care department.
Each inpatient pediatric unit has a prayer tree in the waiting room. Patients, families and staff are invited to write a prayer and/or intention on a ribbon and tie it onto the tree. When the tree is full of ribbons they are removed and the prayers are offered up by the Spiritual Care Providers.
Pediatric Spiritual Care Provider
Roxan Del Valle, M. Div.