Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy program at The Children's Hospital provides professional pastoral care to children and their families as they cope with their hospital experience.

The faith and spiritual practices of patients and families are often a source of strength and hope during a hospital stay. Our chaplains are trained to respond to spiritual needs and to provide spiritual support and guidance to patients and families as they seek healing, meaning, and hope.

Chaplaincy staff are sensitive to the varied expressions of faith and are dedicated to providing support 24 hours a day. Anyone may request a visit: patient, family member, your church, your nurse, your doctor or another member of the hospital staff. In an emergency, you may ask a staff member to page a chaplain.

Our chaplains will respect your dignity and privacy and will not impose religious beliefs or practices. Chaplains are caring listeners. You set the agenda and determine the depth of any conversation you have.

Chaplaincy staff can be with you when: 

  • You are anticipating surgery
  • You receive bad news or you are giving thanks for good news
  • You are facing difficult decisions
  •  You have a spiritual question (why is this happening to me? Is God punishing me? Why do bad things happen to good people?)
  • What does this mean?
  • You want someone to pray with you
  •  You want to receive a sacrament or religious ritual (e.g., baptism)
  • You are struggling with the meaning of your child’s illness
  • You want to reconcile with someone or with God
  • You want to connect with your faith community
  • You are having trouble sorting out your feelings
  • You are grieving or feeling anxious, hopeless, powerless, lonely, angry, guilty or regretful
  •  There is a death

They can help you by:

  • Listening with compassion and without judgment
  • Praying with you or for you
  • Arranging for rites, rituals and needs of your particular faith group
  •  Providing spiritual support and conversation
  • Contacting the leader of your faith community for you
  • Offering the sacraments to you
  • Supporting you through care planning and decision making

Chapel Location

Greenville Memorial Hospital: Near the visitor elevators.
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