Chaplains promote the spiritual and pastoral wellbeing of patients, relatives and staff.
They are available to all members of staff for confidential counsel and support irrespective of religion or race. A hospital chapel is also usually available. A Chaplain can offer a sensitive listening presence, help to facilitate conversation about spiritual concerns and mobilize the spiritual resources of patients and their families.
A Chaplain can provide support during family conferences and, because Hospital Chaplains are part of a multi-disciplinary health care team, they can provide support with treatment decisions and can assist in communicating with physicians and staff. In addition, a Chaplain can offer pastoral functions such as prayer or sacraments (baptism, communion, anointing), and memorial services.