At ESHC, we believe that faith is an integral part of many people’s lives.
The need for Pastoral/Spiritual guidance and understanding often grows during a hospital stay.
With the help of a number of clergy in the area, we can offer 24 hour, 7 days a week coverage.
Pastoral/Spiritual Services is committed to serving all patients, families, staff and volunteers regardless of faith, ethnicity or creed. We endeavor to facilitate the attendance of one’s own clergy or faith leader when requested.
Chaplains also assist with coping strategies and provide support to those in distress.
A Chaplain can be of help when:
- You are thinking about the meaning of life
- You want someone to pray with you
- You are facing surgery or other procedures
- You want to connect with a priest, minister, rabbi or other Faith Leader.
- There is a death
- You are feeling lonely
- You have feelings of fear, doubt, hopelessness
- You are worried
- You have received a diagnosis of a life-threatening illness
Remember: It doesn’t need to be a “religious” question, it can be about anything.
Services Offered by the Spiritual & Religious Care Committee
- Weekly worship service in our Interfaith Prayer Room (Thursday at 11am)
- Local clergy volunteers are on call 24 hours, 7 days a week. We offer training twice a year as well as orientation for new clergy in the area
- Lights of Life Annual Memorial Service (The 1st Sunday in December)-commemorating all those who have died each year in our hospital
- Annual Baby Memorial Service (The 4th Sunday in June) – For all babies who have died (at any time) including those due to miscarriage, stillbirth, ectopic pregnancy
- Sponsor 6 to 8 families for Christmas
- Support Perinatal Bereavement Programme
How to access Pastoral/Spiritual Care
Ask any nurse or unit clerk and they will facilitate this for you.
Meditation and Prayer in our Interfaith Prayer Room
Our Interfaith Prayer Room was completed and dedicated in 2004 with the goal to provide a space that was spiritually motivating while allowing for quiet meditation and worship. Written on a plaque at the entrance are these words:
May all who enter these doors find peace.
Maged Basilious was the project manager and architect. Here is how he described this room.
“It was my delight to provide the architectural design and project management of the prayer room. Our design concept provided a “double folded cathedral ceiling’ that leads the person to “look up”. The thought of “lift up your eyes to the heaven” is the theme behind the design. Colours, finishes and lighting scheme play a vital role in providing a worship environment. Simplicity and harmony of colours and textures provide quietness for the soul. Lights can be dimmed to a lower level to complement the atmosphere of the space. We trust that the prayer room provides an enhanced experience for the spirit that desires to worship and meditate.”
Brent Mensch was the artist who created the chair rail, table top, accent pictures, and acessory pieces for the prayer room.
“The various pieces took 6 months to complete with the bulk of the time spent on the chair rail. In planning for the work, Brent met with Linda Blair (chair of the Pastoral Care Committee at the time), to discuss the committee’s needs and visions for the room. Based on a ‘nature’ theme, Brent’s desire to create a continuous design came to realization. All natural materials were used including copper, wood and cements.”
The stained glass windows were designed by the Pastoral Care Committee and the crew at DECO Glass created the pieces according to the specifications. The windows depict a pastoral scene with trees, hills, and a deer.
“The development began with DECO Glass’ CADD & Graphics Designer, Kim Renaud, suggesting and consulting with the committee as to concept, design, glass colours, textures and various details. Once the pattern was finalized it took 6 weeks until complete assembly.”