Myths about Pastoral Care
Myth–The chaplains only come when someone dies.
- Chaplains assist at all times of hospitalization
- Critically ill patients/family members traumatized by admission
- CPR in progress, with or without family present
- deaths, especially unexpected deaths
- pediatric traumatic injury or life threatening condition
- request for chaplain/priest/minister by patient or family
Myth–Patients must request or give permission for a chaplain to come to visit.
Patients may be referred to Pastoral Care by any staff member. Any staff member recognizing a distress—grief, fears—may request a chaplain to visit the patient.
Patients may refuse a Pastoral Care visit
Requests for visits may be sent by consult in order entry or by a phone call to the Pastoral Care office, ext 23979.
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