Pastoral Care

St Stephen’s Hospital has a pastoral care team comprising of our hospital Chaplain, ​Sandra Keay, chaplains from other churches in the community, volunteers and representatives of faith groups. This team of people seek to respond to the religious, spiritual and pastoral needs of our patients, their families and our staff. We offer pastoral care to people of all faiths and none.

Our Chaplains come from the Uniting, Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic Churches. We will happily contact someone from other faith communities when requested.

Spirituality can become increasingly important to some when facing illness or health problems. Research shows that spiritual care contributes to people’s overall sense of wellbeing and assists them to face life’s challenges with greater resilience.

Spiritual and pastoral care can include:

  • Listening to people share stories of their life
  • Accompanying people through difficult times
  • Nurturing spirituality through reflection, scripture, worship, sacrament and ritual
  • Helping people find meaning in their experiences

Speaking with a chaplain or pastoral carer may be helpful when:
 
  • facing an operation or critical procedure
  • feeling anxious or lonely
  • experiencing grief and loss
  • moving into palliative care
  • seeking to participate in worship or sacrament
  • loved ones require support

Our Chaplains seek to:

  • provide a safe and supportive environment
  • listen with respect to people’s stories
  • offer support, compassion and understanding
  • assist patients and their families to connect with and draw upon their own inner resources
  • respond to people’s specific religious needs
  • offer prayer and the sacraments of the Church when required

Confidentiality and privacy are respected at all times. 

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