Honor Others & Help Children's

Help Provide Spiritual Support

“There’s nothing more sacred to anybody, regardless of whether they’re religious or not, than the life of a child. It is the innocence and uniqueness of the children's faith that transcends all of our denominational differences.” –Ron Somers-Clark, founder and retired director of Children's Pastoral Care department

The Pastoral Care department at Children’s offers spiritual support respectful of the cultural and spiritual values of our diverse patient population. The department offers one-on-one counseling, traditional rites, prayers and sacred play with age-appropriate stories. In addition, chaplains are trained to handle the sensitive spiritual and emotional issues that arise in caring for a sick child.

The Pastoral Care department logs more than 90,000 contacts annually through patients, families and staff ministry.

Hospital chaplain Charlotte Nicholson guides 3-year-old Bryce through Godly play. Bryce is recovering after nearly dying from MRSA, a form of staph infection, and Nicholson is inviting him to enter into an interactive, sacred story where he may relate his situation with those of similar characters. The Children’s Godly play program was one of the first in the country to be incorporated into patient care.

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