Pastoral Care

Mount Sinai Chicago pastoral care is care for the patient’s spirit. Our chaplains are professional ordained or commissioned clergy who provide emotional and spiritual support at times when a patient’s independence, lifestyle or future may seem threatened. Through a focus on tapping into the resources of your beliefs and feelings, our chaplains help find the thread of hope woven through the issues and needs that brought the patient to the hospital.

Pastoral and Spiritual Support
Sinai chaplains are trained pastoral and spiritual care clinicians committed to providing the patient with hospital pastoral care. Our professional ordained or commissioned clergy assist the patient with a spiritual focus that appreciates all questions, searching, longings and trust. As professional caregivers, Sinai chaplains help the individual utilize his or her inner resources to make sense of life experiences, especially in times of change or loss.

Mount Sinai Chicago Pastoral Care Can Help:

  • Deal with feelings of anxiety, fear or nervousness
  • Pray with the patient
  • Give pastoral, spiritual, or grief support
  • Perform communion, sacrament of anointing, last rites, baby blessing or baptism
  • Assist in tough decision-making
  • Respond to bad news about a diagnosis
  • Talk through terminal diagnosis concerns
  • Provide inspirational or religious literature
  • By offering a minister, priest, rabbi, imam or other religious leader to talk with

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Training
The department of Pastoral Care at Mount Sinai also provides training in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). CPE is interfaith professional education for ministry, which brings a student into a supervised encounter with a person in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with people in need, as well as feedback from peers and teachers, the student develops greater personal awareness and a better understanding of the needs of those to whom they minister. Through reflection on specific human situations, the student can deepen understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping people in need, each person develops skills in interpersonal and professional relationships. The pastoral care training program is structured to provide students with a total interfaith and multicultural pastoral care experience and to allow for working alongside experienced chaplains.