To reach the Spiritual Care Department, call (905) 895-4521, ext. 2539.
Coordinator of Spiritual Care:
Rev. Vicki Cousins, BA, MDiv, MRE, CASC Specialist
The Spiritual Care Team at Southlake provides spiritual and religious
care to patients, families, staff, and volunteers 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. The Team strives to meet the spiritual needs of our
multi-faith and multi-cultural communities. The program is supported
by a Coordinator of Spiritual Care/Chaplain and a staff chaplain.
Spiritual leaders, community clergy, unit chaplains, on-call chaplains
and lay spiritual care volunteers share their compassion with our
Patients will be visited by a member of the Spiritual
Care Team if he/she gives consent upon admission to the Hospital or if
a request is made during a patient’s stay at Southlake. If a visit
from a spiritual leader from various faith traditions is requested, or
a patient asks to receive religious sacraments, arrangements will be
made through the Spiritual Care Team.
Did You Know?
A recent survey showed that hospitalized patients ranked compassion, a
caring presence, and prayer as top priorities in their spiritual
care. We suggest families and friends encourage the patient to seek
spiritual support in times of need.
Other Services Offered:
Monthly, patients, families, staff, volunteers
and visitors to Southlake, are invited to walk the labyrinth, an
ancient spiritual tool, offering meditation and peace.
Memorial Services include an annual Palliative Care Memorial, a Prenatal Memorial, and Remembrance Day Service.
“Growing Through Grief” support groups are
offered in the spring and in the fall to help the bereaved in the
Spiritual Care Visitor Training
Basic training is offered in the spring and in
the fall at Southlake, or at another hospital in our LHIN, to people
who are interested in becoming a spiritual care volunteer.
What is Spiritual Care?
Spiritual Care is different for each individual. For some it
is having someone to pray with, for others it is simply having someone
to talk to.
Spiritual Care is available to all patients and family members regardless of your faith or belief system.
When can I receive Spiritual Care?
You can request spiritual care whenever you wish. Spiritual
Care can be particularly helpful to you and your family as you cope with
illness, trauma, loss and life transitions.
Spiritual Care Providers at Southlake:
- offer a compassionate caring presence and empathetic listening
- respect your religious faith or your beliefs
- will call your own pastor or faith group leader if you wish
- offer prayer if welcomed
- will support you during your hospital stay
- are committed to confidentiality
- are available to you and your family
- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
For spiritual/religious care call 905-895-4521, ext. 2539 or inform your nurse that you would like a spiritual care visit.