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.

Grief Support

“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.