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
Spiritual Care Manager
Fr. Gaudence Lyaruu
Fr. Amandus Sway
Chaplain to Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital & The Family Birth Center
Cardiovascular Service Line Chaplain
Joan Carr Myers
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
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.
- 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.