For a listing of ways that chaplains can be helpful for patients/families with faith-specific needs, please see below:

Roman Catholic

  • Request to see the Catholic Priest
  • End of life/Beginning of Life decisions
  • Roman Catholic perspectives on medical decision making
  • Sacraments: Baptism, Marriage, Sacrament of the Sick [Anointing] (formerly known as “last rites,”) Sacrament of Reconciliation (i.e. Confession,) Communion
  • Spiritual Distress

Protestant

  • Request for prayer
  • Request to receive a Bible
  • End of life/beginning of life decisions
  • Blessing, dedication, and/or baptism of infants
  • Denominational perspectives on medical decision making
  • Sacraments and Rites (baptism, marriage, communion, anointing)
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Request to see a clergy person from a particular religious tradition

Buddhist

  • Request to see a Buddhist Priest
  • Request for guided meditation, chanting, or reading of sacred texts
  • Buddhist perspectives on medical decision-making
  • Staff request cultural/religious consult in order to provide culturally competent care
  • Counsel regarding Buddhist death practices
  • Spiritual distress
  • Patient or family member requests marriage performed in the hospital
  • Request to see a Buddhist chaplain

Muslim

  • Request to see an Imam
  • Request for reading of Quran (Koran) or for prayer
  • Request for prayer timetable
  • Muslim perspectives on medical decision making
  • Staff request cultural/religious consult in order to provide culturally competent care
  • Arrangements for religious dietary needs
  • Consultation on Muslim death practices
  • Spiritual Distress
  • Patient or family member requests marriage performed in the hospital

Jewish

  • Request to see a Rabbi
  • Request for Hebrew Bible
  • Jewish perspectives on medical decision making
  • Kosher food
  • Sabbath candles or other Sabbath concerns
  • Spiritual distress
  • Patient or family member requests marriage performed in the hospital
  • Staff request cultural/religious consult in order to provide competent care
  • Consultation on Jewish death practices

Sacraments (Christian)

The Holy Eucharist
Reception of the Eucharist brings us into communion with one another, as we share and celebrate the Presence of Christ in our midst. Holy Communion is available to persons of the Roman Catholic and Episcopal faiths while they are hospitalized at EAMC. Arrangements can also be made for those of other Christian denominations to receive Communion from members of their own affiliation or a similar tradition. Please contact the Pastoral Care office at extension 1415 with your request to receive Holy Communion.

Anointing of the Sick
The Anointing of the Sick is available to our Roman Catholic patients. The Rite of Anointing is available to patients of other religious persuasions. The Anointing of the Sick strengthens and heals all who are ill in body, mind and spirit. You may wish to be anointed as a means to strengthen and aid you through illness and recovery. Please contact the Pastoral Care office at extension 1415 with your request for anointing.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Reconciliation (Confession or Penance) is available for Roman Catholic patients and other Christians who celebrate ongoing conversion and God’s forgiveness in a liturgical setting. To request this sacrament, please contact the Pastoral Care office.

Sacrament of Baptism
We administer the Sacrament of Baptism when the need is immediate and critical. The most appropriate place in which to celebrate this sacrament is the public setting of your parish church in the presence of the assembled Christian community. Please contact the Pastoral Care office at extension 1415 to discuss the sacrament of baptism.