Chaplains serve in many hospital settings acting as spiritual counselors to help patients, families, and the healthcare staff members:

  • Through periods of crisis
  • Reaffirm their spiritual beliefs
  • Maintain or establish relationships with a church or house of worship
  • Make daily rounds

Chaplains may be ordained ministers or priests, or may have attended a chaplaincy or pastoral care program through a university or hospital.

Because rehabilitation focuses on the whole person — physical, emotional, social, and spiritual, the chaplain often plays a special part in helping a person with a disability cope and recover. When the hospital’s chaplain is unavailable, the patient’s own clergy or spiritual advisor often performs these functions.