Spiritual health is an essential component of overall health. When coping with illness or disability, people draw on their spiritual resources for strength and comfort.
The Comox Valley Hospital Spiritual Health Practitioner is specially trained to help people discover and make use of the spiritual health resources available to them, both within themselves and in the community.
Respecting the various ways people look at Spiritual Health, which may or may not include religion, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will visit patients to offer spiritual support, if requested by the patient, the patient's family or by staff. The Spiritual Health Practitioner also offers spiritual support to staff and their families.
See the sidebar on the right of this page for how to contact the Spiritual Health Practitioner.
For more information on spiritual health and the spiritual care that Spiritual Health Practitioners (Hospital Chaplains) provide, visit About us
For information on how to prepare for coming into hospital, visit Hospitalization .
Spiritual Health Services at the North Island Hospital, Comox Valley Campus
The Spiritual Health Practitioner offers spiritual care to patients during office hours. If you wish, they will inform your pastor, the religious leader of your own faith, or any other counsellor of your choice, that you would like a visit from them. If you wish to receive Holy Communion or any other ceremony or rite of your faith, they will do their best to arrange this.
The Gathering Place
The hospital's Sacred Space is called "The Gathering Place" it is located to the right after you enter the main entrance of the hospital just down the hall from the Comox Valley Health Care Foundation Office. The Gathering Place is presently being used as a sacred space for personal reflection and prayer. There are presently no formal services taking place in this space.
Spiritual Care Volunteers assist the Spiritual Health Practitioner in providing spiritual care by visiting patients in their rooms. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteers are screened for suitability and receive training in spiritual care visiting from the Spiritual Health Practitioner before they take up their work as registered Spiritual Care Volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer, contact the Spiritual Health Practitioner.
Community-based Spiritual Care
To find out how to arrange for a spiritual care giver in the community to come and visit you or a family member in hospital, click on: Hospitalization.
Information to assist community-based spiritual care givers in providing spiritual care to their members in health care facilities can be found by clicking on: Community Visitors .
You can support Island Health's Spiritual Health program at the North Island Hospital, Comox Valley campus by making a donation for that purpose to:
Comox Valley Health Care Foundation
2137 Comox Avenue,
Canada, V9M 1P2
Phone: (250) 890-3046
Fax: (250) 339-1432
Tax receipts will be issued.