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Spiritual Health

Although regular programming is not available due to COVID-19, Spiritual Health practitioners are available to support patients and their loved ones during this time. Smudging is also available on request.

Spiritual Health Services can assist you in connecting with your inner strengths and hope in the face of illness, fear, discouragement and loss, or threat of loss. We respectfully support the needs of all – whether you identify as spiritual, atheist, religious or agnostic.

As part of the care team, Spiritual Health Practitioners accompany patients, families and staff who are:

  • Struggling to cope with illness, loss, trauma and questions of meaning and hope.
  • Experiencing grief/bereavement, dramatic change, issues of identity
  • Lacking community or family support
  • Requesting specific services (ceremonies, sacraments, rituals) or support (e.g. priest, elder, rabbi, imam)

If you would like a Spiritual Health Practitioner to visit you, call us directly, or ask the nurse to contact Spiritual Health office.

There is no charge for Spiritual Health Services.

Location Green Owl Zone, Level 2 (GF 214)
HoursMonday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Phone204-787-3884
After hours
& Emergency
Contact paging (204-787-2071) to request an On-Call Spiritual Health Practitioner

Sanctuaries

Due to COVID-19, the Sanctuaries in Green Owl Zone, Level 2 and HSC Women’s Hospital are closed until further notice.

Pictured: Green Owl Zone, Level 2 Sanctuary

The Sanctuary in Magenta Fox Zone, Level 2 remains open 24/7 and can accommodate one person at at time.

There are three sanctuaries at HSC, which are open 24 hours a day as places of quiet and reflection. The main sanctuary in Green Owl Zone, Level 2 has a labyrinth for walking meditation.

  • Green Owl Zone, Level 2 (GH216)
  • Magenta Fox Zone, Level 2 (RR215)
  • HSC Winnipeg Women’s Hospital, 665 William Ave (Level 4)

Smudging is available on request.

Smudging

Sanctuaries in Green Owl Zone and HSC Women’s are equipped for smudging ceremonies. If you would like to smudge, contact Spiritual Health Services (204-787-3884) to book a time.

If you would like a visit from an Elder please contact WRHA Central Intake at 204-940-8880.

Scattering of Ashes

To support all families who are grieving the loss of a baby, HSC Winnipeg has adapted its annual Scattering of Ashes ceremony to provide families with the ability to host their own private service in honour of their baby. Scattering of Ashes ceremonies have been recorded and are available at these links:

Loss of a loved one

Caring is at the heart of what it means to be human. Our staff would like to offer you our condolences on the death of your loved one. How deeply this loss affects you is beyond our ability to know. Grief takes many forms and will move in its own time and you and your family members will experience many strong emotions. Be patient with yourself and others and find people and places where you can share your story and express your grief.

This document provides some practical resources that may be of use to you and your family during this time.

Spiritual Health Calendar

Due to COVID-19, these scheduled sessions and services are cancelled until further notice.

The following rituals are conducted in the Sanctuary or the Hope Room, located in Green Owl Zone, Level 2 (GH216)

Session & LocationDayTime
Roman Catholic Communion Service (Sanctuary)Sunday10:00 AM
Meditation Session (Hope Room)Monday12:00 PM
Interfaith Devotional GatheringTuesday5:00 PM
Roman Catholic Mass (Sanctuary)Wednesday12:00 PM
Christian Gathering (Hope Room)Thursday11:30 AM
Christian Prayer Meeting (Hope Room)Thursday12:10 PM
Bible Study (Hope Room)Thursday4:10 PM
Islamic Community Prayer (Sanctuary)Friday12:30 PM
Rosary (Hope Room)Saturday10:00 AM
Morning Reflection (Hope Room)Weekdays8:30 AM

The following rituals are conducted in the Sanctuary or the Ceremonial Room, located in HSC Women’s Hospital, Level 4

Session & LocationDayTime
Rosary Prayer Service &
Catholic Communion (Sanctuary)
Monday11:30 AM
Bible Study (Ceremonial Room)Tuesday12:00 PM
Christian Gathering (Ceremonial Room)Wednesday11:30 AM
Bible Study (Ceremonial Room)Thursday11:30 AM
Islamic Community Prayer (Sanctuary)Friday12:30 PM

Everyone is welcome.
Note: Sessions will not be held on holidays.

Other Services

  • Scattering of Ashes (May & October)
  • Spring Equinox
  • Easter Services (Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Good Friday,
  • Easter Sunday)
  • Remembrance Day (November 11)
  • Hanukkah Menorah Celebration (December)
  • Winter Solstice
  • Christmas Day Communion Service (December 25)
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