Spiritual Health

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Department Office:  Room 391, Sydenham 3
Telephone:  613-544-3310, ext. 2231
Secretarial hours:  Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm

Spiritual Health Practitioner:  Brian Klooster, MDiv
Office:  Room 390, Sydenham 3
Telephone:  613-544-3310, ext. 2219
Hours:  Monday to Friday, 7 am to 3 pm

Spiritual Health and You

Spiritual health is finding meaning and purpose in your life, coming to terms with your life’s challenges and nurturing both your hope and your will to live.  Finding life-enhancing ways of coping in the midst of suffering, chronic illness and sometimes death fosters spiritual health that is essential for patient and family-centred care that responds to the whole person.

Spiritual Health at Hotel Dieu Hospital

Our team includes a Spiritual Health Practitioner who is trained and certified by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care to provide spiritual health services, care and support to patients and families, focusing on the impact health challenges can have on your:
• choices about health care treatment options;
• approaches to suffering, illness and disease;
• loss and grief associated with a diagnosis;
• presence and effectiveness of supportive relationships;
• exploring ultimate questions about the meaning of life and death.

 

How we can help

At any time, you can face uncertainties and experiences that affect your emotional and spiritual well-being.  We can support you when you:
• are struggling with your own or a loved one's diagnosis
• are fearful or anxious about how your illness could affect your life or the lives of your loved ones
• want to clarify how your values affect your health care choices
• want to talk about other concerns
• want to draw strength from your beliefs and values.

Sacred Spaces

We provide two sacred spaces for quiet reflection, meditation or prayer:

Hotel Dieu Hospital Chapel
Sydenham 2 (at Sydenham Street entrance)
Open 6 am to 5:45 pm weekdays
Mass: 11:30 am, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Inter-Faith Centre
Room 390, Sydenham 3
Open 6 am to 5:45 pm weekdays
The Inter-Faith Centre is a sacred space for quiet prayer, meditation and reflection. Religious books are available for the major faith traditions; information about other faith traditions is available upon request from the Spiritual Health, Mission & Ethics office at ext. 2231. Human and animal images are prohibited to ensure all faith traditions are honoured in this centre.

 

How you can contact us

A direct referral to our Spiritual Health Practitioner can be made by your Hotel Dieu Hospital health care team.

You can also contact the Spiritual Health, Mission & Ethics office at 613-544-3310, ext. 2231. The office is open 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, Monday to Thursday.