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Who are Spiritual Care Providers

Who are Spiritual Care Providers and what do we do?

Health care Spiritual Care Providers are educated and trained to support and facilitate positive spiritual and religious coping for people who experience illness. We accomplish this through attentive listening, an in-depth knowledge of a variety of religious and spiritual traditions, and the ability to touch the existential dimension of human life.

How do Spiritual Care Providers add to your experience at Mass General?

Mass General Spiritual Care Providers offer sensitive, respectful spiritual care to individuals and families affected by crisis. Our skill set makes us uniquely able to support your beliefs and spiritual practices. We can also help you draw on ancient spiritual wisdom to cope with your current experiences of illness. Our spiritual care can also promote a sense of healing in your relationship to self, others and the sacred.

Who do Spiritual Care Providers collaborate with?

We work with you and, if you wish, your family members, loved ones and/or friends. We can serve as a bridge between the hospital bed and your religious community. We also collaborate with your nurse, doctor, social worker and other members of your care team.

Are Spiritual Care services confidential?

We adhere to the Federal Health Insurance Portablility and Accountability Act (HIPAA), which addresses the security and privacy of health data and to the Code of Ethics for Professional Chaplains. We work with your care team and will share only such information with other healthcare providers that is relevant to your medical care.

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