Patients & Visitors
The hospital chaplains are an integral part of the Canterbury DHB healthcare teams, and have been theologically and clinically trained to work for the health, and spiritual nurture of patients, their families/whānau, and staff members.
The chaplaincy team offers confidential compassionate support, prayer and a listening ear in times of stress or loneliness; before and after surgery; for people experiencing loss and bereavement and around matters of faith and illness, and also in celebrating the joys of life.
The chaplains are trained and licensed to provide ministry in a hospital setting and are available for prayer, and for Church Sacraments. Many of the hospitals have an interfaith chapel, or a quiet place for prayer and reflection.
The chaplains are available to people of all faiths and no faith, and are here to support people of all religions and cultures. They can also contact your community faith centre to visit if you require (Jewish, Hindu, Muslim, or Buddhist Faith etc).
Your nurse, social worker, ward clerk or doctor can arrange for you to have a visit from a Chaplain, or you can ask to speak with them on their ward rounds.
Rituals and ceremonies of Blessings, marking significant events in the life of the community are the common practice of many religions and cultures.
These ceremonies are both spiritual and practical in their nature, mark transition, change and restorations, and they acknowledge death, departures and new beginning.
In recognition of a person's rights and respecting their beliefs, the Hospital Chaplains endeavour to ensure appropriate blessing rituals are delivered to patients, their families and staff, with respect and dignity. This includes blessing rooms after death, of equipment and wards and workplaces.