Chaplaincy services are valued for many reasons, not the least of which is the relationship between a strengthened spirit and effective cancer treatments. Because a diagnosis for cancer often becomes the catalyst for a spiritual search, having qualified chaplains experienced in cancer care available 24/7 adds another dimension to the healing process. Chaplains can assist patients in strengthening their coping skills, fostering hope, and finding meaning during what can be an intensely challenging time in their lives. Chaplains attend to the spiritual needs of patients and families on an interfaith basis, accommodating requests for specific faith traditions.
Chaplains also offer staff support, participate in interdisciplinary care rounds, aid in ethical and end-of-life decision making, assist with support groups, and provide bereavement and grief support. For more information, call (631) 444-7775.