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Reasons to Seek Spiritual Support

People often turn to a Higher Power for comfort and support during treatment. When you are ill, you may want to pray with a chaplain. The Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy staff includes Protestant ministers, Roman Catholic priests, an Episcopal priest, and others who can be contacted upon request, including a Jewish rabbi, Buddhist priest, Muslim imam, and Hindu pandit. 

Emotional and Spiritual Support

Chaplains can provide emotional and spiritual support while you are in the hospital, by:

  • Listening with respect and without judgment
  • Facilitating discussion of difficult events
  • Providing partnership in prayer
  • Offering comfort in times of distress and anxiety
  • Respecting your religious traditions and spiritual practices
  • Supporting your family and friends

Religious Rituals and Resources

At The Johns Hopkins Hospital, you will have access to:

  • Scheduled worship services
  • Resources such as Bibles, rosaries, and Shabbat candles
  • Sacraments and rituals (baptisms, blessings, naming ceremonies, Holy Communion, Annointing of the Sick, Sacrament of Reconciliation)
  • Assistance with completing an advance directive/living will
  • Conversations about end-of-life decisions

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