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Services for Inpatients

Spiritual Care Services Department

About Spiritual Care Services

The Spiritual Care Services Department (formerly the Chaplaincy Services Department) at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital provides patients, their family and friends and hospital staff with emotional, spiritual and religious support. Our staff consists of two interfaith chaplains who will assess and respond to any religious or spiritual need, dedicated volunteer Eucharistic ministers and field education students from area seminaries and theology schools. A Roman Catholic priest is on-call for emergency sacramental needs as well as a rabbi.

Services We Provide

  • An interfaith chaplain is in the hospital Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and a chaplain is on-call 24/7 for emergencies
  • Responding to referrals and patient requests
  • Rounding on units
  • Pre-operative visits as requested
  • Blessings
  • Communion
  • End of Life Rituals
  • Memorial Services
  • In-service presentations
  • Blessing of Hands & Tea for the Soul for staff
  • A weekly spirituality group on the Psychiatry unit
  • A weekly spirituality group on the Addiction Recovery unit
  • An interfaith chapel open 24/7 (located near the 3rd floor entrance) with religious texts, resource materials and a prayer book where prayer intentions can be written

For Patients and Families:

When should I call a chaplain?

If you'd like to talk to someone about your faith

If you are struggling with the meaning of your illness

If you are faced with difficult treatment choices

If you would like to request a religious ritual specific to your tradition or situation

If you have received difficult news

If you are far from home and would like support

If you are anticipating surgery

If you'd like someone to pray with or bless you

If you are grieving a loss

If you're feeling anxious, fearful, hopeful or grateful

For Staff:

When should I call a chaplain?

If you, yourself, are dealing with a spiritual issue

If you would like someone to pray with you or bless you

If you would like information on a patient's religious tradition in order to provide competent care

If you have religious or ethical concerns about the work you perform

If you would like to arrange a memorial service for a deceased colleague

Staff Bios

Regina Gavin received her master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Boston College, and is board certified with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. In addition to working full time at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, she also works per diem at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. At BWFH, she is one of the two interfaith chaplains serving the community at large. She facilitates a weekly spirituality group on the psychiatric unit and supervises field education students in hospital ministry. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee and Cultural Competency Committee, as well as serving on the Advisory Board of the Brigham and Women’s Pastoral Care Education Committee.

Visiting Clergy

Visiting clergy may park in the garage by the Hospital's 3rd floor entrance. Please sign-in and obtain validation at the 3rd floor reception desk.


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