Pastoral and Spiritual Care

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The Pastoral Care team at Children’s Health℠ Children’s Medical Center is dedicated to creating a caring environment that acknowledges and respects the importance of each person's spirituality, and its potential for promoting health and wholeness of body, mind and spirit.

Having a child who is hospitalized or who is receiving care for a chronic condition can be extremely challenging for a family.   Our experienced Pastoral Care team provides spiritual guidance, emotional support, and a listening ear to your hospitalized child, to you as a parent or to other members of your family who are affected by your child’s illness.

Support Offered

Pastoral Care offers interfaith spiritual support for children and families in crisis. The Pastoral Care team offers 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 and are broadcast on closed circuit TV to all patient rooms.

We are knowledgeable about, and sensitive to, a variety of faiths and practices. We incorporate a spiritual aspect throughout all levels of service to our guests, with worship services, interactive storytelling, education and volunteer ministers.

Since our founding in 1983, we maintain strong relationships with local clergy and faith communities. Their guidance allows us to offer our guests the personal support and encouragement they need during a difficult time.

Bereavement Care Program

Bereavement Care Program

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. We are committed to helping patients and families find space and resources for healthy grieving, and to educate and support staff members who provide care to those patients and families.

Bereavement Committee

Bereavement Committee

The mission of Children’s Health Bereavement Committee is to provide encouragement, resources and engagement at all levels of medical care for those who grieve. The Committee serves as a resource for continual process improvement, education and conversation regarding grief and bereavement for patients, families and staff.

For more information on Bereavement Care at Children’s Health, please contact Vance Goodman

Vance Goodman

Vance Goodman

Vance Goodman is a Quaker chaplain who graduated from Perkins School of Theology in Dallas with a Master of Divinity. While studying at Perkins, she served two years as a resident community campus chaplain for Southern Methodist University. She completed her clinical pastoral education training at Children’s Health. Vance currently ministers to patients, families and staff members in the Heart Center on the Dallas campus as well as serving as Bereavement Coordinator for the hospital. Her interests in ministry include spiritual care for families of children with congenital heart disease, caregiver/staff renewal and bereavement care.

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