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Spiritual Health Services

The Spiritual Health Department at Grace Hospital is a contracted service for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. As a department, we ensure the spiritual and religious dimensions of health and healing are provided in the context of a holistic, patient-focused model of care. In addition to patients, our services are available to family, staff and volunteers.

Spiritual Health Services include:

  • Assistance in working through ethical and moral dilemmas
  • Bereavement care
  • Crisis intervention
  • End of life issues
  • Grief and loss care
  • Memorial services
  • Multi-faith availability – to assist patients in making contact with their own faith background
  • Regular visitation by referral or request.

Roman Catholic Services

Volunteers offer communion every Thursday morning to all patients listed as Roman Catholic.

Department Availability and Location

The Spiritual Care office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

To reach Spiritual Health Services, call 204-837-8311 (internal ‘0’) and ask to be directed to the Spiritual Health Department.

The Spiritual Health Services Department is located on the ground floor in G-281 beside the main elevators.

The Grace Sanctuary

The Grace Sanctuary, located on the ground floor of the hospital (room G-241), was designed in collaboration with the Spiritual Health Services staff, and was created to serve as a multi-denominational space. Dimmer switches for the lights allow for the brightness of the room to be adjusted and a volume control for the calming music is accessible on the wall. The seating provides comfort, and can be easily re-arranged within the room as needed.

Monthly Smudge Ceremonies

In collaboration with Indigenous Health Services, all staff, patients, and visitors are welcome to attend a monthly smudging ceremony in the Grace Sanctuary. Everyone is welcome to participate in their own way. No pre-registration is required. Each monthly ceremony will begin at 11 am.

  • February 25, 2020
  • March 24, 2020 (also the Spring Equinox) **Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions
  • April 28, 2020 **Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions
  • May 26, 2020 **Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions
  • June 23, 2020 **Cancelled due to COVID-19 precautions

Smudging is an Indigenous tradition which involves the burning of sweet grass, sage and/or cedar. Sage smudge produces a very strong and distinct aroma but the smoke associated with it is minimal and lasts a very short time. Sweet grass has a very mild aroma and produces even less smoke than sage. A smudge is burned primarily for purification and to help to create a positive mind set. Tobacco is used in pipe ceremonies by pipe carriers.

The Tobacco Control Act allows for the ceremonial use of tobacco.

People with health conditions may be impacted by some of the scents produced during these ceremonies.

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