Providing Emotional and Spiritual Healing
About Spiritual Services
The Spiritual Services department supports Lee Health’s promise of “Caring people, caring for people.” We promote a healing environment by addressing the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, families, staff and volunteers.
Tending to patients’ spiritual concerns increases trust in their medical team and their overall satisfaction with care. Members of the Spiritual Services staff are available to listen to spiritual and emotional concerns, calm anxiety and help persons tap into their own spiritual resources.
Spiritual Services staff members are clinically trained and board-certified professionals who represent the highest standard of education and practice, including:
Spiritual Care Support
- Prayers, invocations and blessings
- Compassionate and active listening
- Rituals, rites and sacraments
- Sacred texts and religious resources
- Crisis intervention
- Connection with local faith communities
- Pre- and postoperative visits
- Parish Nurse Program
- Community outreach ministry
- Pediatric/Pregnancy Bereavement Support Program
- Interfaith chapels and meditation rooms
- Compassionate blankets
Staff and Volunteer Support
- Critical Incident Stress Response
- New volunteer orientation
- Crisis counseling
- Memorial, funeral and wedding services
- Spiritual assessments
- Care plans
End of Life Care
- Goals of care discussion and support
- End of life care decisions, discussion and support
- Exploration of spiritual needs, concerns and values
- Spiritual and cultural support
- Spiritual rituals and prayers
- Bereavement care and grief support
- Ethical conversations around end-of-life care
Interdisciplinary Team Collaboration
- Spiritual screening, assessment and plan of care
- Religious/cultural resource
- Patient rounds participation
- Patient and family care conference participation
- Ethics consultations and education
- Advance Directives education and assistance
Spiritual Services Endowment Fund
You can play a major role in continuing the mission of Lee Health Spiritual Services. Your tax-deductible donation, made through Lee Health Foundation, will allow us to continue our efforts on behalf of our patients and community.
For more information, please contact the Lee Health Foundation at 239-343-6950 or visit their website at www.leehealthfoundation.org.
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The serious illness or death of a child or loss of a pregnancy is a tragic experience, leaving parents, siblings, family and friends in despair, with many unanswered questions. The cohesiveness of the family often can be shattered as family members deal with their grief. While grief can be frightening, it is normal.
Symptoms of grief can include the following:
- Sleep or eating changes
- Lack of energy
- Crying or numbness
- Overactivity or withdrawal
Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida recognizes the impact of fetal, infant or child loss and offers free ongoing support to the families of children who have died, are terminally ill or those who have experienced pregnancy loss. Professionals with expertise in the field of grief and bereavement work with families to help them through the grief process, identify and address potential problems, and make referrals when necessary.
Consultation and referral to doctors, social workers, mental health specialists and chaplains are available as needed. Support services are offered in the home, at the office or by telephone.
Bereavement Services Provided:
- Ongoing emotional support for families touched by the serious illness or death of a child
- Referral to community services
- Educational materials
- Grief education programs for community groups, schools, businesses and professional organizations
Who is eligible for services? Services are offered on both self-referral and referral basis.
For more information or to request services, contact the Pediatric / Pregnancy Bereavement Coordinator at: 239-343-6812.
Our full-time Chaplains are board-certified or board-certification eligible professionals endorsed from diverse faith traditions working full-time within our healthcare system. It is the belief of the staff of the Spiritual Services Department that spirituality is a natural dimension of every person. Spirituality has to do with relationship, relationship with God, with all creation and community and the journey of finding presence, purpose, and meaning through those relationships in sickness and in health. Chaplains are here to process that journey with you.
Chaplains Offer Hope
Hospitalization can be a painful, frightening or lonely experience. Sometimes illness can lead you to experience spiritual and emotional distress. Thoughts and feelings about physical and mental well-being can make coping very difficult.
Chaplains strive to promote spiritual health through empathy and presence.
Main Spiritual Services Phone Number - 239-343-5199
You may call our chaplains to schedule an spiritual consultation, ask a question or request information:
- Cape Coral Hospital: 239-424-2383
- Gulf Coast Medical Center: 239-343-1130
- HealthPark Medical Center: 239-343-5199
- Lee Memorial Hospital: 239-343-2467
- Parish Nurse Program: 239-343-5182
- Bereavement Coordinator: 239-343-6812
Chapels are located at each campus:
- Cape Coral Hospital:
- Gulf Coast Medical Center:
- HealthPark Medical Center
- Lee Memorial Hospital
You may email the Spiritual Services Department at:
Lee Health Parish Nurse Program Manager is located at HealthPark Medical Center in the Spiritual Services Department 1st floor. You may email the Parish Nurse Manager at joann.andrews@LeeHealth.org.
Lee Health Pediatric/Pregnancy Bereavement Program is located at HealthPark Medical Center - 4th floor. You may email the Bereavement Coordinator at: SpiritualServices@LeeHealth.org.