Pastoral and Spiritual Care
The hospitalization of a child can be a crisis for all who care for and about the child. Part of the work of healing may include addressing the spiritual issues that may surface during a medical crisis.
For some, this means making use of their faith, prayer, scripture and sacraments. For others, it means struggling to feel the presence of God at a time when God can seem distant. For many, it means appreciating the opportunity for companionship and conversation that a chaplain can provide.
The Pastoral Care team can meet religious and spiritual needs for prayer or ritual, provide copies of scriptures from various religious traditions, offer blessings before surgery, one-on-one counseling, sacred play with age-appropriate stories or arrange visits from a religious leader of a specific faith tradition.
We offer one-on-one counseling, traditional rites, prayers and sacred play with age-appropriate stories. Daily devotionals and Sunday worship services also are held in the hospital chapel.
When a child is hospitalized, that child’s world is changed forever. We are honored to provide a hopeful, spiritual presence for children and their families at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.
For those seeking comforting inspiration, the Haggerty Chapel at Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center Dallas and the Abbott Chapel at Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center Plano are available 24 hours a day.
The purpose of Bereavement Care is to support patients, families and staff members in their process of grief and at all stages of dying: before, during and after death.
Our volunteer ministry program began in 1999 from a need to reach out to the growing number of patients and families being treated in the Emergency Department (ED) and First Care clinic.
Contact Our Pastoral Care Team
Our chaplains are available to assist children, families and staff on-site, 24 hours a day.
Children’s Medical Center Dallas Campus 214-456-2822
Children’s Medical Center Plano Campus 469-303-2822
If you wish to contact a specific chaplain or care team member, you may call the operator and have them paged.
Meet Our Pastoral Care Team
Children’s Health℠ chaplains are knowledgeable about the developmental and spiritual issues unique to children. They work as part of the pediatric healthcare team, sharing the hospital’s mission to make life better for children.
Our chaplains serve patients and families from all faith traditions, as well as those who are uncertain, searching or just want to talk. Chaplains help patients and families to draw on their own religious and spiritual strengths as they face the issues raised by a child's illness. Chaplains offer support in difficult times, rejoice in times of good news and healing, and pray or listen if patients and families need a caring ear.