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What are spiritual healthcare providers or chaplains?

 
Have you ever felt like you or your patient needed someone to talk to at the bedside in the hospital or as an outpatient?
To discuss your fears and worries about being unwell, about life, about death?
To be able to express to someone when you are sick, your frustrations, hurts, joys and pains that you may not be able to share with healthcare staff, family or friends?
Or to help you sort through the pain of your spirit?
 
Healthcare facilities like hospitals can be a very lonely place. Staff are busy frantically pacing the corridors trying to take care of people and visiting hours are often restricted.
Sometimes family and friends can’t always make it in to say hello in their busy lives. Some people don’t always have someone who can stop in and pay a visit, being distant from family and friends for whatever reasons.
 
This is the value of each hospital having a spiritual healthcare provider (SHP) onsite, to provide the company and presence people need at a vulnerable time in their lives.
They provide a caring, nurturing and understanding service for people at a time when many question life's purpose and meaning.
 
Spiritual health care providers are our friends in times of need, offering compassion, when our body, mind and spirit are fragile.
They can work in various spaces outside of healthcare also, including prisons, schools, university institutions and military services.
 
Spiritual healthcare providers help you sort through the pain and the needs of your spirit!
 
Honouring and Serving,
Simran K. Rattan MD
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