Spiritual Care

During times of stress or uncertainty, many people feel the need for spiritual conversation. At Mount Sinai Brooklyn, our chaplain can help you and your family, friends, and caregivers work through challenges, uncertainties, and crises. We help you draw on and examine your beliefs. We meet you where you are emotionally and spiritually. Our goal is to help you find meaning, healing, hope, and comfort. Studies show that spiritual counseling can improve quality of life and emotional well-being.

We care for people of every religion—as well as for people who have no religious beliefs or affiliations. If you would prefer to speak with someone of your own religion or denomination, we can arrange to bring someone from the community to talk with you. Please do not hesitate to express to us your needs during this difficult time.

Our chaplain can also act as a go-between among you, your health care providers, and support services professionals. We offer time, patience, active listening, and an appreciation for the ways spirituality affects someone’s thinking. As a result, many patients share thoughts and experiences with us that they do not mention to their doctors. This enables us to smooth communication, advocate for you, and talk through difficult situations.  We are committed to anti-racism and to working toward living in justice and equity.

When We Can Help

Our chaplain is available whenever you need to have a spiritual conversation. Spiritual care can be especially helpful when you are:

  • Experiencing spiritual or emotional distress
  • Feeling alone in your suffering
  • Struggling to find hope or meaning
  • Facing life situations that could contribute to illness or complicate your healing
  • Carrying grief, guilt, fears, or other emotions that could affect your recovery
  • Dealing with a serious or unexpected diagnosis or treatment
  • Struggling with a treatment decision
  • Wrestling with difficult ethical decisions
  • Thinking about end-of-life issues
  • Seeking a sense of balance and inner peace

When it comes to end-of-life issues, research suggests that spiritual support can lead to higher rates of hospice use, fewer aggressive interventions, and fewer deaths in the intensive care unit.

Services We Offer

We are here to meet all your spiritual needs. We can provide:

  • One-on-one spiritual and emotional support
  • Counseling to help you adjust to a new medical condition, cope with traumatic events, or explore your spirituality
  • Prayer, blessings, and rituals of all religions
  • Religious literature and sacred books
  • Counseling on personal or ethical issues, including treatment decisions and end-of-life-decisions
  • Meditation tapes and spiritual music
  • Religious articles such as rosaries, battery-operated Sabbath lights, prayer mats, and head coverings
  • Family conferences
  • Memorial services

Staff Support

Our chaplain services are available to the entire staff of Mount Sinai Brooklyn. This includes nurses, doctors, housekeeping, security, social workers, and physical therapists. We can provide one-on-one counseling as well as de-briefing sessions following stressful incidents. Should the need arise, we can facilitate memorial gatherings.

Facilities for the Jewish Community in Brooklyn

Mount Sinai Brooklyn offers certain exclusive services for the Jewish community. These include:

  • Fully glatt kosher kitchen and related facilities, under the supervision of Vaad Hakashrus of Flatbush
  • Sabbath elevator
  • Dedicated room for Bikur Cholim, located off the entrance lobby. This space is also for quiet reflection, meditation, study, and prayer.  
  • Chevra Kadisha contact (if needed)

We are here to serve you and your family as another support system.