Children's Hospital of Wisconsin understands that a visit to the hospital, no matter how "routine" the visit, can be a very stressful time for families. Our experienced spiritual care staff offers spiritual guidance in all faiths, as well as emotional support to your child, to you as a parent, and to other members of your family who are affected by your child's illness.
Part of the work of healing can lie in spiritual issues that arise. Families often find it helpful to visit with a chaplain when a member of their family is:
- Newly admitted.
- Preparing for surgery.
- Needing to contact their pastor, rabbi, imam or elder.
- Waiting for test results.
- Receiving a new diagnosis.
- Undergoing difficult treatment.
- Making hard decisions.
During these stressful times, families often find themselves asking and wanting to discuss some of the following questions:
- Why my child?
- How do I cope?
- How can I keep going?
- Does anyone care?
- Where is God when it hurts?
- What does it mean?
- Needing someone to listen.
Our chaplains are trained to minister in this demanding and challenging environment. They work as part of the pediatric healthcare team, sharing the task of bringing wholeness and health to patients and families. They are sensitive to a variety of faiths and practices and maintain strong relationships with local clergy and faith communities.
Family Services Department
A chaplain is available 24 hours a day. To reach the on-call chaplain after business hours, call (414) 266-2000.
The Children's Hospital Multifaith Chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital near the main lobby. It is open to patients and families for prayer and meditation 24 hours a day.