Buderim Private Hospital has a pastoral care team comprising of our Hospital Chaplains Dennis Harth and Anna Ashby, chaplains from other churches in the community, volunteers and representatives of faith groups. This team of people seek to respond to the religious, spiritual and pastoral needs of our patients, their families and our staff. We offer pastoral care to people of all faiths and none.
Our Chaplains come from the Uniting, Anglican, Lutheran and Catholic Churches. We will happily contact someone from other faith communities when requested.
Spirituality can become increasingly important to some when facing illness or health problems. Research shows that spiritual care contributes to people’s overall sense of wellbeing and assists them to face life’s challenges with greater resilience.
Spiritual and pastoral care can include:
- Listening to people share stories of their life
- Accompanying people through difficult times
- Nurturing spirituality through reflection, scripture, worship, sacrament and ritual
- Helping people find meaning in their experiences
Speaking with a chaplain or pastoral carer may be helpful when:
- Facing an operation or critical procedure
- Feeling anxious or lonely
- Experiencing grief and loss
- Moving into palliative care
- Seeking to participate in worship or sacrament
- Loved ones require support
Our Chaplains seek to:
- Provide a safe and supportive environment
- Listen with respect to people’s stories
- Offer support, compassion and understanding
- Assist patients and their families to connect with and draw upon their own inner resources
- Respond to people’s specific religious needs
- Offer prayer and the sacraments of the Church when required
Confidentiality and privacy are respected at all times.
Buderim Private Hospital has a chapel that is open on a 24-hour basis and is a place where patients, visitors and staff are welcome to spend time in quiet prayer and reflection.
A non-denominational Chapel Service is held each Sunday. The service commences at 10am and is half an hour in duration. All are welcome.
Buderim Private Hospital also offers a Praying Hands program. Selected members of staff have been trained and accredited and are available to pray with patients on request. The members of the program wear a Praying Hands badge that looks like this:
They carry out this service during the busy routine of their normal jobs, but they can also refer a Chaplain if you feel you would like more in-depth prayer or someone to talk things over with. If you see a staff member wearing this badge, please feel free to ask them to pray with you.