Pastoral Care

Cape Fear Valley Pastoral Care

What is a Chaplain?

A member of the clergy attached to a private chapel, institution, ship, branch of the armed forces, etc. At Cape Fear Valley Health, a Chaplain is a Board Certified/Board Certified Eligible Professional, Clinical Pastoral Education Intern or specially trained Volunteer clergy or lay leader. They are trained to attend to the Spiritual and emotional dimension of Health Care.

What is Pastoral Care?

Pastoral Care is care provided by a Board Certified/Board Certified Eligible Professional, Clinical Pastoral Education Intern or specially trained Volunteer clergy or lay leader. Examples of such care include emotional, spiritual, religious, pastoral, ethical, and/or existential care. Pastoral care is grounded in initiating, developing, deepening, and bringing to an appropriate close, a mutual and empathic relationship with the patient/client, family, and/or staff. The development of a genuine relationship is at the core of Pastoral care and underpins, even enables all the other dimensions of Pastoral Care to occur. (Association of Professional Chaplains)

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Reasons to call a Chaplain
  • Need to talk
  • Facing tough times
  • Prayer
  • Sacraments and religious rituals
  • Devotional material

To contact a Chaplain

Please call the hospital operator. Dial "0" inside the medical center. From outside, dial 615-4000.