Chaplaincy Program

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Chaplains provide spiritual support to patients and families of all traditions, cultures and beliefs. They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

To meet with our Oncology Chaplain, call 617-726-2220 or email Katrina Scott at kmscott@partners.org

Spiritual support helps when:

  • Struggling to find meaning in illness
  • No nearby family or friends area able to be with you
  • Preparing for surgery, chemotherapy or other procedures
  • You would like a blessing, prayer or other comfort
  • Feeling anxious or fearful and would like someone to talk with or confide in

A holistic approach to healing calls for total care, including body, mind and spirit. Life-altering concerns are at the heart of many health issues, especially after diagnosis: You might ask “Why me?” or “How will I cope?” Belief systems provide frameworks for making sense of existence; they suggest ways of responding to ultimate questions of meaning. People find their spirituality helps them to cope with illnesses, traumas, losses, and life transitions. Each person has their own experience of cancer, and spiritual care involves supporting a patient’s/family’s beliefs, which may include following a particular religion, having a relationship with a higher power or simple wonder at life’s mysteries.

Educational Spiritual Workshops – Click here for a calendar of all of our workshops

Spiritual Well-Being
Spiritual well-being includes our relationship with the environment, with others, and with ourselves. Explore ways to refresh and support your inner spirit with spiritual practices such as prayer, affirmations, guided imagery and labyrinth walking.

Spiritual Tune Up
Experience practical ways to refresh and support your spiritual well-being while you are in treatment.

Meditation for Relaxation
Learn the basics including mindful breathing and visualization/guided imagery for relaxation and healing.