Spiritual Care & Multi-Faith Services

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Giving you comfort and support, spiritual care practitioners can help address the profound thoughts and feelings that can poignantly arise at times of significant illness or trauma.

What to expect

Spirituality as a dimension of care

Spirituality encompasses how we feel, think and perceive our life as human beings. Spiritual care practitioners consider the whole human experience when someone is experiencing the crisis of illness and related suffering.

For many people, feeling connected to one’s spiritual source at such a time of upheaval and finding meaning and purpose gives them comfort. Each person’s need may take different forms, such as a patient’s anxiety over an upcoming major surgery or someone coming to terms with the news of a life-altering condition. For patients and families in the most challenging circumstances, the crisis may involve anticipatory grief at the prospect of a life-ending illness and facing death itself.

Spiritual care is available to acute care patients, care home residents, families and staff, irrespective of religious or spiritual affiliation. Professional spiritual care practitioners hold a master’s degree that includes extensive academic and clinical education that equips them to work in multi-faith environments. The provincial government recognizes the profession, which has provided an official framework to guide its practice in health authority governed facilities.

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Spiritual care practitioners visit most hospital units regularly and are available by referral to all units. Hospital staff may refer by telephone. Once the referral is made, the practitioner will follow up directly with the patient for their spiritual needs. 

Spiritual care practitioners are available by referral to any Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) location.

Types of spiritual care services

Spiritual care practitioners visit most hospital units regularly and are available by referral to all units. Hospital staff may refer by telephone. 

Learn more about the types of spiritual care services

Professional education opportunities

Leadership team

Doug Longstaffe

Regional Director
Vancouver General Hospital
Office: (604) 875-4643
doug.longstaffe@vch.ca

Matthew Heyn

Profession Leader
Vancouver General Hospital
Office: (604) 875-4111 ext. 69139
matthew.heyn2@vch.ca

Arun Chatterjee

Spiritual Health Education Leader and Certified CPE Supervisor
Vancouver General Hospital
Office: (604) 875-5050
arun.chatterjee@vch.ca

Philip Murray, MDiv  (He, Him)

Spiritual Health Practitioner and Educator
Vancouver Community Palliative Care Program

Phone: (604) 742-4253
Mobile: (604) 809-3726
philip.murray@vch.ca

Eileen M.

Administrative Assistant to Doug Longstaffe, Director
Vancouver General Hospital
Office: (604) 875-4151

 

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  • Long term care homes

    Dogwood Care Home

    7405 Paulson St Vancouver
  • Long term care homes

    Evergreen House

    231 East 15th Street North Vancouver
  • G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre

    4255 Laurel Street Vancouver
  • Long term care homes

    George Pearson Centre

    700 West 57th Avenue Vancouver
  • Lions Gate Hospital (LGH)

    231 East 15th Street North Vancouver
  • Hospices

    North Shore Hospice

    319 East 14th Street North Vancouver
  • Richmond Hospital (RH)

    7000 Westminster Highway Richmond
  • UBC Hospital (UBCH)

    2211 Wesbrook Mall Vancouver
  • Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)

    899 West 12th Avenue Vancouver