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Spiritual and Pastoral Care Services

What is spiritual care?

Care of the human spirit is critical to health. It is the work of our entire staff. Chaplains, however, are specially-trained in human understanding, pastoral counseling, religious and cultural traditions. Chaplains are available to all Southern Maine Health Care patients and their loved ones. We provide a listening presence, guidance in mindfulness and prayer, support through decision-making, and help finding purpose and meaning.

What can I expect from a Chaplain?

Our chaplains provide emotional support and gentle spiritual guidance when people are:

  • Feeling anxious, afraid or upset
  • Struggling with emotional, spiritual or religious questions or with the meaning of an illness
  • Wrestling with difficult treatment choices or ethical dilemmas
  • Observing spiritual practices or religious rites
  • Inviting your faith community leader
  • Grieving
  • Dealing with difficult news
  • Preparing mindfully for surgery

How can I request Spiritual and Pastoral Care?

Monday-Friday: Call 207-294-5301 or Page 207-758-8886

Weekends and holidays: Call the Switchboard by pressing “0” on an SMHC facility phone.

Palliative Care

The SMHC Palliative Care Program provides care and support to individuals who are facing a serious or life-limiting illness. Treatments are unique to each patient and incorporate the patient's goals, hopes, spiritual beliefs, values and cultural practices. We can provide palliative care during any part of a worsening illness, including while medicine or therapy is being given.

PODCAST: Planning for End-of-Life Care

The care someone receives at the end of their life can be greatly impacted by planning ahead and having difficult discussions with family members before it’s too late. Dr. Michael Roy, Chief of Medicine at Maine Medical Center, discusses how families can be better prepared to support each other.