Pastoral & Spiritual Care

holding hands in spiritual supportA hospital admission can be like riding an emotional rollercoaster for children and their families. Our pediatric chaplains are here to serve and support.

As part of your child’s care team, our clinically trained pastoral care staff is available 24/7 to respond to spiritual, religious, or emotional challenges you may experience during your child’s hospital visit. Regardless of your faith background, our goal is to help you find peace and hope during a difficult time.

Services We Offer

  • Develop a spiritual care plan addressing spiritual and moral distress
  • Assist in meaning making through theological reflection and prayer
  • Maintain a calm, non-anxious presence in times of crisis or distress
  • Facilitate rituals and practices that honor your values and beliefs and create meaning
  • Guide and advocate in the making of ethical decisions
  • Provide care for caregivers by building spiritual and emotional resiliency

“The most important thing for patients and families to know about hospital chaplains is that we are here for the entire journey — both the highs and lows. While chaplains are well-trained to support people in their worst and most vulnerable moments, our greatest strengths lie in supporting families throughout the rollercoaster of their journey.”

—Reverend Dale Wratchford, BCC, MDiv, MHA, CMP
Supervisor, Pastoral & Spiritual Care, Children’s Nebraska

The Chapel

The chapel at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center is for all who seek spiritual shelter in a time of need. The Wiebe Chapel is always open and offers a quiet and sacred space intended to foster prayer and spiritual reflection. We have multiple resources available including sacred texts, devotional materials for adults and children, rosaries, prayer rugs, and a community prayer book. Other resources are available upon request.

What To Do Next

The chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital lobby and is always open.

For chaplain support or to have a chaplain coordinate care with your faith community, please call the operator by dialing 0 from any in-hospital phone. If you are not in the hospital, please call 402-955-5400. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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