Spiritual Care

At Memorial Hospital of South Bend, we believe that spirituality and faith can play an integral role in the health and well-being of our patients — and that for many, it can serve as an important part of the healing process.

In-patients at Memorial Hospital may dial "0" from the room phone and request to have a chaplain paged. Our regular hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Main office: 574-647-6477 or 574-647-6990
  • Chaplain cell phone: 574-647-6477
  • Director of Spiritual Care: 574-647-6990

Our theologically and clinically trained chaplains are committed to providing compassionate spiritual care to all Memorial patients, families or staff. We honor the diverse religious, spiritual and cultural preferences of everyone entrusted to our care. We can also work with the clergy of each patient's personal faith community to help extend the network of support beyond Memorial's walls.

What does a chaplain do?

A chaplain offers spiritual and emotional support in difficult circumstances. Having a child who is hospitalized or who is receiving care for a chronic condition can be extremely trying and have a widespread effect on a family and community. Our experienced spiritual care team offers spiritual guidance and emotional support to hospitalized children, parents and to other members of your family who are affected by your child’s illness.

Chaplains find and connect with what gives you strength. Whether you find hope in a faith tradition, nature, community, music, or anything else, chaplains want to help you find your way during a crisis. Memorial Hospital chaplains are specifically trained to minister in this demanding and challenging environment as nationally certified chaplains. Our chaplains work as part of the healthcare team, sharing the task of bringing health and wellness to patients and families.

Our chaplains are available to serve you through:

  • Visiting and prayer
  • Encouragement, comfort, companionship
  • Supportive listening and advocacy
  • Offering communion, baptism and anointing of the sick as well as other spiritual rituals
  • Discussing concerns about procedures or decisions
  • Regularly scheduled worship services
  • Bereavement services and support

If you have specific religious needs or requests, please ask for assistance. Our chaplains will be able to connect you with local clergy to assist you.

Our Chapels

For those seeking a place of quiet and inspiration, there is a chapel on the first floor of Memorial Hospital near Michigan Street and the entrance to the Memorial Leighton Heart & Vascular Center. The chapel is always open and available for prayer and reflection.

The Memorial Masjid ("a place of prayers"), located near the Memorial Interfaith Chapel, was established in 2010 as a place for members of the Muslim community to pray, meditate and seek spiritual strength. In addition to serving as a place for Muslims to connect with the symbols of their faith, the mosque welcomes persons of other faiths to pray there as well, and offers opportunity to view educational sources about Islam or to read the Quran. Prayer services are offered on the last Friday of each month.

Sabbath candles, siddurs, rosaries, prayer rugs, bibles and other holy scriptures are available on request.

Prayer Requests

Prayer requests may be entered into a book for this purpose, just inside the Chapel doors.

Bereavement Services

There are no words to ease the pain from the death of a child or family member, nor is there a simple way to go through the grieving process. Our bereavement services program promotes bereavement support, education and information through a professional, interdisciplinary and collaborative approach.

  • Biannual Service Remembrance for adult patients who have succumbed to illness or injuriy while yet a patient here. They are held on the first Sunday in February and November. The next Service of Remembrance will be held in the Chapel, Sunday, November 2, 2014
  • Annual Service of Remembrance, Memorial Children’s Hospital

The first Sunday in May, Memorial Hospital Spiritual Care sponsors an intergenerational service of remembrance for all children who have succumbed to their illness or injuries while still patients here. Parents, friends and other community members are welcome to attend.

Please contact Chaplain Sarah Samson via email or at 574-647-6477 with address updates or to receive an invitation for the 2015 service.

The 2015 Service of Remembrance will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015.