How spiritual care helps

Grand River Hospital offers a comprehensive spiritual care program, supporting  the needs of patients, families, physicians, staff and volunteers. 

Sometimes called chaplains, spiritual care providers work with all people--those connected with a faith community, those who find themselves without community, and those who find their support outside of a faith group. 

We believe that many spiritual practices are important to healing. Sometimes patients want a visit from their own spiritual leader or are seeking a particular religious ritual. At your request, we can help you contact spiritual resources and faith communities outside the hospital.

Spiritual care providers help patients and families talk about their specific spiritual or religious needs and how these can best be met during the time in the hospital. 

All staff spiritual care providers are educated  through the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC) and are registered psychotherapists with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario.

Helpful resources

GRH has provided several documents in Adobe PDF format for spiritual care needs and services, along with several links to external websites. Click on the highlighted text to view these brochures and resources

When someone is dying

  • When someone is dying in hospital: a guide to the dying process, for families, friends, and patients provided by Hospice Palliative Care of Waterloo and Wellington
  • When someone is dying in the community: a guide to the dying process, for families, friends, and patients provided by Hospice Palliative Care of Waterloo and Wellington
  • When someone dies: A guide for bereaved families, specific to Waterloo Region, detailing next steps for family and friends following a death. 

Grief and loss support services

For children:

News and stories from spiritual care at GRH