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 Southlake community.
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 which offers 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 grieving process.
Spiritual Care Visitor Training
Basic training is offered in the Spring and in the Fall at Southlake, or at another hospital in our Local Health Integration Network (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, please call 905-895-4521, ext. 2539 or inform your nurse that you would like a Spiritual Care visit.