Spiritual Care Services at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital provides patients, their loved ones, and hospital staff with emotional, spiritual and religious support. We are committed to providing compassionate services to people of all faith traditions, with various beliefs, and those with no religious affiliation. An interfaith chaplain is in the hospital Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and on-call 24/7 for emergencies.
Services We Provide
Responding to referrals and patient requests
Rounding on units
Pre- and post-operative visits as requested
End of Life Rituals
Blessing of Hands & Tea for the Soul for staff
Weekly spirituality group on the Psychiatry unit
Bi-weekly spirituality groups with the Addiction Recovery Program
An interfaith chapel open 24/7 (located near the 3rd floor entrance) with sacred texts, resource materials and a prayer book where prayer intentions, hopes and blessings can be written
If you are struggling with the meaning of your illness
If you'd like to talk to someone about your faith
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 would like to process feelings of anxiety or fear
When should I call a chaplain?
If you 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 culturally 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
Tara Deonauth, M.Div. received her master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School, and she completed her clinical training at Boston Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and UNC Health Care. She has specialized training in supporting palliative care, psychiatric, pediatric, and oncology patients and is certified in dementia care through the Alzheimer’s Association. She also serves as a mediator in Massachusetts courts through the Harvard Mediation Program and has supported peacebuilding efforts in Northern Ireland.
Previously, Tara worked as a high school teacher in Lawrence, MA and later as a director of data analytics for an education nonprofit. This mélange of interest and experience combined with her insatiable love for storytelling draw her to the field of chaplaincy. At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Tara oversees spiritual care services and facilitates weekly spirituality groups on the psychiatric unit and with the addiction recovery program. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.