Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services is staffed by professional health care chaplains who are dedicated to the healing journey of each person, honoring individual differences in cultural, spiritual, and faith backgrounds. Our chaplains function as members of the interdisciplinary care team to assess and resource healing, coping, and wellness skills. We also offer supportive interventions in times of worry or distress, such as open presence, deep listening, prayer, or meditation. For additional in-hospital religion-specific support, chaplains partner with spiritual care specialists in the many faith traditions. If needed and requested, Spiritual Care Services attempts to connect families with leaders from their own religious community. As health care chaplains, we listen with openness and respect to support your spirit during this time of hospitalization.

The following are some of the faith-specific materials available:

  • The Bible.
  • The Koran.
  • Prayer materials and inspirational readings for many faith traditions.
  • Buddhist chanting tapes.
  • Holy water from the Ganges.
  • Holy water from Mecca.
  • Muslim prayer rugs.
  • Meditation cushions.
  • Prayer beads.
  • Rosaries and rosary guides.
  • Shabbat candles (battery-operated).
  • Availability may vary.

Our Sanctuary, Healing Garden, and Labyrinth

To promote a calm healing environment, we offer spaces for prayer, reflection, contemplation, and meditation during visits and stays in Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

The Sanctuary is open to patients, families, and staff of every background, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The outdoor Healing Garden and Labyrinth provide outside space for quiet reflection and meditative walking.