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Introducing E-Chaplaincy

When you need to talk to someone you can trust but can't arrange or do not desire a face-to-face conversation, this program offers an open and reliable listening ear, whatever your beliefs, via e-mail.

  • The Spiritual Care team at St. Jude Medical Center has added a component to our services by launching a new E-Chaplaincy Program, an interactive electronic ministry to provide confidential spiritual and emotional care services to people wherever they may be located.
  • This will not replace the traditional way of delivering face-to-face spiritual care and interventions in the hospital or other healthcare settings, but will complement this approach.
  • This feature may be especially welcomed by staff who do not have a regular opportunity to see chaplains in person, or who would rather interact this way.

All persons have spiritual needs. Some persons have religious needs. Since St. Joseph Health strives to extend the healing ministry of Jesus - spiritual care is a priority. We provide care for patients and families during hospitalization. Sometimes however, the need for spiritual and emotional support arises outside of the hospital. With this in mind, the Spiritual Care Department has instituted an innovative component (E-Chaplaincy) in additional to the traditional inpatient spiritual care.

E-Chaplaincy will enable you express your spiritual needs and concerns and receive the support you need during a difficult periods in your life. Our certified Chaplains will then respond to you in the manner you feel most comfortable with – via email, phone or an in-person meeting. Some of the areas our Chaplains may offer support are:

  • Grief and loss
  • General spiritual support
  • Dealing with life challenges
  • Relationship issues
  • Dealing with stress
  • Coping with chronic health issues
  • Issues faced by caregivers
  • Addiction

Chaplains will also suggest community resources and books/written materials that will provide you with additional support. These include (but are not limited to):

  • Local Bereavement support groups and classes
  • Connection with a clergy person and/or church of your faith tradition.
  • Written materials to supplement your discussion with a Chaplain
  • Local support groups for: caregivers, cancer survivors, alcoholism/drug addiction, etc.
  • Local mental health providers.

Studies show that we are happiest and most fulfilled when there is balance in our lives – physical, emotional and spiritual. We hope that our E-Chaplaincy resource will be a support to you in achieving this balance and fulfillment.

PLEASE NOTE: The E-Chaplaincy resource is not an emergency or professional counseling service. If you are experiencing a psychiatric emergency you should contact your health care provider.

E-mail a local St. Jude Medical Center chaplain with your spiritual questions or concerns at each e-chaplain@stjoe.org.