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Spiritual Care - La Crosse, Wisconsin
Our Spiritual Care professionals use core beliefs, values and inner strengths to inspire hope and alleviate suffering. We believe your culture, faith, and spiritual practices are vital resources for your healing and well-being, especially in times of transition and vulnerability.
You matter. We are here to assist with the spiritual care needs most important to you and your loved ones. We also are a liaison to faith, spiritual and cultural communities at your request.
The Spiritual Care team's services include:
- Advance care planning support
- Crisis intervention
- End of life
- Ethical concerns
- Exploration of spirituality and meaning
- Grief support
- Liaison with faith, spiritual and cultural communities
- Life transitions and coping
- Providing sacred readings or materials
- Rituals and sacraments
- Staff support
While patients primarily receive the service of Spiritual Care, family members and friends of patients, as well as staff also are included:
- Worship services are offered in the Roman Catholic tradition regularly in the chapel.
- Staff chaplains make sacraments and other spiritual and religious observances available, or they arrange for community faith leaders to provide those services.
The team is involved in special services throughout the year, including:
- The SHARE Program: This program is for parents who experience the loss of their child through miscarriage or stillbirth, or shortly after birth. Learn more about SHARE.
- Remembrance ceremony: This ceremony is a time to remember loved ones who died while being cared for in the hospital or hospice program.
The St. Francis Chapel is available 24/7 on the second floor of the St. Francis Building. St. Francis Chapel has chairs, a pulpit, an altar, sound and video systems and a sacristy. Mass is offered Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 p.m. Worship services are broadcast live on channel 2 of the Mayo Clinic TV Network. Staff and visitors are welcome to visit the chapel for personal spiritual use.
A meditation room is available 24/7 on the second floor of the St. Francis Building in room SF2-66. The space offers comfortable seating for loved ones. Staff and visitors are welcome to visit the space for personal spiritual use.
- Hospice: 608-392-9790. Ask for a hospice chaplain. On weekends and after 4 p.m. on weekdays, ask for a hospice nurse.
- Spiritual Care and Palliative Care: 608-785-0940. Ask for the on-call chaplain. Chaplain services are available 24/7.