Spiritual Care at Mission Hospital
Providing Holistic Care to Patients in Laguna Beach & Mission Viejo
Mission Hospital is dedicated to ministering to the needs of the whole
person—body, mind, and spirit. You can reach the Spiritual Care
team by calling (949) 364-1400 ext. 5399, Monday through Thursday, from
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
If you need to reach someone on Friday, an evening or over a weekend, please
do not hesitate to call the hospital operator at (949) 364-1400 and a
chaplain will be contacted.
Our Spiritual Care Team
Our spiritual care team is specially trained to provide holistic spiritual
care to persons of all faiths, including those without any religious affiliation.
They are available for pastoral counseling, crisis intervention, prayer,
facilitating bioethical decision-making, and bereavement counseling. They
can contact your Priest, Rabbi, Minister, Imam, or lay minister upon request.
The department consists of interfaith staff chaplains, on-call chaplains,
and trained Spiritual Care volunteers. Spiritual Care volunteers are lay
people from the community from a variety of faith traditions. They serve
together with the chaplains and are a caring and supportive presence.
For our Catholic patients, we have Eucharistic Ministers who bring Holy
Communion to those patients desiring this Sacrament. A priest is also
readily available for the Sacrament of the Sick and Sacrament of Reconciliation.
No One Dies Alone (NODA)
Providing compassionate companionship for the final hours, our "No
One Dies Alone" program ensures that no patient at our hospitals
will ever die alone. This compassionate program gives the reassuring presence
of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise have no
one else. With the support of the nursing staff, companions can help provide
patients with the most valuable gift: a dignified death. Mission Hospital
believes in the intrinsic dignity of each person and makes sure someone
is there to hold their hand or just keep them company in their final hours.
“Living Life Again” grief support group is for people who have
experienced the death of a loved one. This program is designed to inform,
support, and assist individuals who are living with loss. This program
utilizes group support, multimedia presentations, and journaling. Contact
the Spiritual Care office for detailed information and to make a reservation.
Advanced Directive Information
The advanced directive “Five Wishes” is available for our patients
and community who are interested in executing this document. Contact the
Spiritual Care office for information. We are happy to provide this support.
The Chapel on the Mission Viejo campus is located on the first floor in
Tower 2 off the lobby. It is open 24 hours a day and all are welcome.
A Mass or Communion Service is celebrated Monday through Friday at noon
in the Chapel. A weekly prayer group meets every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
Additionally, a healing Mass is celebrated once a month.
The Chapel on the Laguna Beach campus of Mission Hospital is located off
the lobby to the left of the front entrance of the building. All are welcome.
Mass is celebrated at 2:00 p.m. every Thursday. The Chapel here is also
open 24 hours a day.
Mission Hospital Spiritual Care Volunteer Program
Becoming a spiritual care volunteer consists of a 30-hour educational course
(classroom and mentored patient visiting). Unfortunately we are not offering
any training courses at this time, but please feel free to contact the
Spiritual Care office and submit your request via a phone call at (949)
364-1400 extension 5399.
These sessions will cover the following topics:
Listening and responding appropriately to patients dealing with illness and loss
Developing empathy, rather than sympathy, with role playing to develop
patient visiting skills
Acting as an interfaith spiritual care worker, respecting the individual religious
convictions of patients, rather than preaching or trying to convert
Visiting patients and receiving feedback on the quality of the visits
Observing health and safety precautions, as well as guidelines for visiting
Applicants must be people of generosity and compassion, and believe that
spirituality is a necessary part of patient care. Those who successfully
complete the training will receive a Spiritual Care Volunteer Certificate.
Upon graduation, applicants must commit to 100 hours of patient visits, annually.