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Spiritual Care

We are Spiritual Care professionals who bring a consistent and receptive presence to patients, families and staff in times of emotional and spiritual need. As a team we seek to personify the Maine Medical Center mission of care, education and research.

Spiritual Care staff will provide for the Spiritual and religious dimensions of people's lives. Consistent with the Mission of MMC, these services will be provided without prejudice and with respect for the beliefs and faith traditions of those served.

The education and research of MMC's Mission Statement will be upheld by the Department of Spiritual Care by the following offerings:

  • Continuing education for department personnel
  • Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Programs in spiritual care and ethics to hospital departments, other professional disciplines, and community constituencies
  • Participation in interdisciplinary programs in the hospital and in the community
  • Consultation to individuals and groups

  • Chaplains of many faiths are available to speak to, or pray with patients who so desire.
  • Chaplains are also available to administer special sacraments of faith.
  • The Alexander B. Cairns Memorial Chapel, located on the first floor of the Maine General Building, is available at all hours for prayer and reflection. Devotional materials are available.
  • Denominational and ecumenical services are held weekly and seasonally for patients, families, and employees. In addition, special services are held to commemorate special events.
  • We recognize the importance of the relationship between spirituality and physical health and the role that pastoral and spiritual caregivers provide in this process.

The Department of Spiritual Care is committed to providing spiritual care grounded in our Mission Statement for all patients who request assistance. Interfaith chaplains and chaplains representing a variety of faith communities are available 24 hours a day to offer spiritual support. Local ministers, priests, and rabbis are encouraged to visit their congregants upon request of the patient. 

Director & ACPE Certified Educator

The Rev. Heather L. Weidemann
Phone: 207-662-2352

Administrative Specialist

Kasey Grover
Phone: 207-662-2951

Spiritual Care Manager

Jon Larssen
Phone: 207-662-3740

Catholic Chaplain

Michael Vaughn
Phone: 207-662-5279

Catholic Chaplain

Mary Hazzard-Morrison
Phone: 207-662-5279

Catholic Chaplain

Fr. Gaudence Lyaruu

Catholic Chaplain

Fr. Amandus Sway

Jewish Chaplain

Lorin Troderman
Phone: 207-662-5361

Chaplain to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital & The Family Birth Center

Abby d’Ambruoso

Cardiovascular Service Line Chaplain

Joan Carr Myers
Phone: 207-662-6117

Facing the death of a family member is very hard and everyone copes with grief differently. Regardless of whether the death was expected or sudden, this can be a time of confusion and sadness.

Some people face the death of a loved one with the support of other family members and friends. Some face it in an unfamiliar place filled with strangers. Some people face it alone, with no one to turn to and no knowledge of where to begin.

The Spiritual Care Department at Maine Medical Center has gathered some links to resources that can help assist you in your time of loss. Some pieces of this information may be helpful, while others may not be. We have included resources for children as well as adults. Our hope is that some of this information will assist you in your time of grief. It is a human experience, and you are not alone.

With our deepest sympathy,
The Maine Medical Center Spiritual Care Team

For Adults:

GriefShare – Worldwide directory of support groups for people grieving the death of a family member or friend. 
Grief Support Resource List – A Maine-specific Survivor Kit listing local grief support groups and services. 

For Children:

  • After a Loved One Dies: How Children Grieve, and How Adults can Support Them
  • The Center for Grieving Children: A nonprofit organization that provides services completely free-of-charge for children, teens, young adults, and their family members who are experiencing grief & loss. Locations throughout southern Maine, for more information call 207-775-5216.

Virtual Prayer Book

The Chaplains at Maine Medical Center have a tradition of praying for our patient, staff, and community needs during our daily meetings. You can request prayers by entering them either in the prayer book kept in our Chapel, via email or using our webform.

Please use first names only and keep your request brief. Requests will be monitored daily and will be placed on the prayer list for our next meeting. Your request for prayer is a sacred trust and will be kept confidential.

Well-Wish Link

If prayer is not your need or custom, our Spiritual Care department is happy to receive your wish for well-being. This can be for a specific individual or more generally for our health care staff. You can send a message of encouragement and support via email or use our webform.

Please keep your message positive and brief. Our Chaplain staff rounds in the hospital daily and will share your message with the appropriate person or group. All messages shared will be edited to remove any personal information about the sender. Please know that we will receive your well-wish with gratitude, and share it in a spirit of honor and trust.