Being in hospital can be a time of stress – for the person who is ill, for family, whanau and friends and for hospital staff. The hospital chaplaincy service can help.
For 50 years chaplains in New Zealand public hospitals have supported people through these dark times and celebrated with them in times of hope and life.
In the Wellington Hospital a small team of qualified chaplains and voluntary chaplaincy assistants provide pastoral care and spiritual guidance to everyone in the hospital, irrespective of race or religion.
Chaplains respect each person’s beliefs, culture and privacy. They value the dignity of each person and seek to embody God’s love. Chaplains are there in times of illness, distress, crisis and sorrow, and also in the joy of relief from pain and hope for the future.
Hospital Chaplains offer
- A confidential ear
- Safe and supportive help when faced with difficult situations
- Spiritual support & encouragement
- Assistance in contacting a patient’s own religious leader, church, group or friends
- Blessings and prayers for patients and others in the hospital
- Blessings and prayers for rooms and places
- Regular pastoral contact
- Sacramental ministry
- Someone to be there in times of stress, uncertainty or sorrow
- A 24 hour, on-call service seven days a week for emergency situations
- Pastoral & spiritual care for hospital staff members.
The Wellington Hospital Chaplaincy Trust’s main purpose is to maintain this service.
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Chaplaincy Newsletter July 2015 (466Kb)