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Spiritual Care

Barwon Health is committed to the care of the whole person; physically, emotionally and spiritually. As an essential part of the care team, Spiritual Care staff focus on the spiritual needs of patients, families and carers.

About us

Spiritual Care staff are trained and accredited in working alongside you to support three main areas: meaning, purpose and connection. For many people, their spirituality will include significant relationships whether with family, community, the sacred, religion, pets, nature, art, music alongside a vast array of other expressions. Our focus is ‘what is meaningful for you?’ 

We can support you, if you:

  • Are feeling lonely, worried or fearful 
  • Are in a crisis
  • Are facing change
  • Are facing issues related to death or grief 
  • Want to see a religious minister or chaplain, or support from any faith
  • Require prayer or meditation support

People often say that what is most helpful about seeing a spiritual care worker is: ‘being able to talk about what was on my mind’. Meeting with a spiritual care staff member gives people an opportunity to speak about whatever they feel is important to them, even if it is something thought to be stressful, socially unacceptable, or awkward.  

Our services

  • Emotional support
  • Companioning
  • Bereavement support, grief and loss
  • Life reflection
  • Religious care (sacraments, prayer, religious ministers)
  • Ritual, ceremonial events
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Aromatherapy
  • Life Reflections and Dignity Therapy (for patients within the Palliative Care program)

Spiritual care is provided through assessment, counselling, support and rituals relating to a person’s beliefs, values, culture and practices. This enables the person to access their own spiritual resources.

Religious leaders from your faith tradition are welcome to provide your spiritual care while you are here. The Spiritual Care department can contact them on your behalf to arrange a visit.

Last Modified: Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Contact Us

Spiritual Care is available weekdays, 9am - 5pm

(03) 4215 0627