Spiritual Care and Education
To provide spiritual care to patients, families, and staff through assessment, intervention, education, and research.
To exemplify the highest standards of professional chaplaincy and pastoral education in health care.
For many people, cancer is more than just a disease - it’s a test of faith. At MD Anderson, we know that finding or reaffirming a belief in God or a Higher Power is part of the healing process.
MD Anderson chaplains are here to guide patients on their spiritual journey, whatever path it may take. Chaplains are available at any hour to patients and their family members, with worship services, bedside visits, prayer requests, and support groups.
This video identifies the scope of pediatric chaplaincy beginning with the building of trust with a child all the way through a young patient’s treatment. The chaplain assigned to the MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital visits with patients and their families, provides comfort, hope and a spiritual presence respectful of the family’s faith tradition, participates in memorial services, serves on committees, attends medical team meetings and is always available to be with a family at the end of life.