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For many people, faith and spirituality play a major role in coping with cancer. At hospitals, spiritual care specialists offer support and care for patients and families no matter what their faith or path to spirituality might be.
Spiritual care usually consists of a team of chaplains. These professionals are trained to help patients and families of all beliefs. Spiritual care may be an individual department or it may be a contact person or group of people in the hospital’s community. At some hospitals, spiritual care may be called pastoral care or chaplaincy.
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A chaplain may be assigned to your child’s care team. If you’re not sure, ask your nurse or social worker to put you in touch with spiritual care. Most hospitals have chaplains on call 24 hours a day.
Reviewed: June 2018