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Spiritual and Religious Care

Our Spiritual and Religious Care team is an integral part of the healthcare team, providing spiritual care to patients, caregivers, and staff of all faith and cultural backgrounds throughout the hospital. You don’t have to be religious to access Spiritual Care Services.

Spiritual Care Practitioners provide psychotherapeutic support that includes emotional support, psycho-education, initial trauma and grief counselling, support in ethical discernment, and when requested, prayers and rituals.

We also specialize in addressing spiritual distress, defined as an overwhelming sense of unrelieved suffering that happens when one’s sense of meaning, purpose, connection, hope or identity is acutely challenged.

Spiritual care affirms the inherent dignity and value of all persons and respects different spiritual perspectives and practices — which may, or may not be rooted in a religious tradition.

What we do

Spiritual care professionals are health care providers who help people:

  • Explore the meaning of illness, suffering and life transitions
  • Work through experience of loss
  • Begin to process grief
  • Initiate a mindfulness or meditation practice
  • Connect to faith communities and religious visitors
  • Celebrate sacred rituals
  • Address concerns about ethical decision making
  • Help to access inner resources

Why it matters

  • One to two thirds of patients in acute care want to receive spiritual care.
  • Spirituality, religion and personal values are often cited as major sources of coping.
  • Spiritual care supports well-being and can shorten recovery period
  • Overall quality of life is closely connected to spiritual wellbeing that includes connection and meaningful relationship
  • Spiritual Care supports patient connection with their community
  • Spiritual Care validates experience of hospitalization for patients and caregivers, humanizing the experience of suffering

Religious Support

We help you to access religious support from diverse faith communities. Requests should be made at the Spiritual Care Office at 416-586-4800 ext. 8567 to make arrangements or through a member of your care team.

Rabbinical Ministry

  • A visit by a rabbi or a Jewish volunteer is available to Jewish patients and their caregivers upon request
  • High Holidays are celebrated at Mount Sinai Synagogue, please speak with your care provider for details
  • Kosher meals are available, please notify a member of your care team at admission or after when on the unit
  • Regular diet kosher snacks available upon request
  • Shabbat candles are available upon request.

Sacramental Ministry

  • Bedside Communion is available to Roman Catholic patients
  • Roman Catholic patients may receive the Sacrament of the Sick upon request

Contact Us

Spiritual Care Providers are available daily by request through any member of the healthcare team or by dialing 416-586-4800 ext. 8567.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. You do not need to be religious to benefit from spiritual care. Spirituality is about finding meaning, value and connection. Whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs may be, Spiritual Care Practitioners will respect them, not try to change them.

You can ask any member of your care team to connect you with Spiritual Care. You can also call us at 416-586-4800 ext. 8567

Yes, you can contact your unit’s Registered Dietitian to arrange for Kosher meals. At Mount Sinai Hospital, the food court also has a range of Kosher options for purchase.

We offer the following programs regularly
  • Minchah Prayers (only during Eastern Standard Time): 1:15 p.m.  Monday-Thursday
  • Roman Catholic Mass: Thursday at 12 p.m. Spiritual Oasis.  4th floor. At the top of the escalators.
  • Jummah : Friday at 1:45 p.m. Spiritual Oasis. 4th floor. At the top of the escalators.
Jewish High Holidays:

At Synagogue located on the Main Floor by Murray Street Elevators, Room F5-03. Please speak to your health care provider or call Spiritual Care office for date and time at 416-586-4800 ext. 8567

Yes. Please inform your care team or call Spiritual Care at 416-586-4800 ext. 8567 to make the arrangements.

Yes. Please inform your care team or call Spiritual Care at 416-586-4800 ext. 8567 to make the arrangements.