No one at Norwalk Hospital has to face illness and crisis alone. Our chaplains are supported by community and hospital resources. We are here to care for you and your loved ones by listening, praying, providing spiritual resources and reading scripture. Our services at the hospital are provided free of charge and include:
Chaplain visits are available for patients, family members and staff of all religions, spiritual orientation, and those with no specific religion. Bibles and other religion items are given upon request. Other services that are offered include hearing confession, prayer, Holy Anointing, Holy Communion, providing Sabbath candles, prayer mats, and assisting with any religious concern or practice, including those related to dietary customs.
The Little Chapel
Our interfaith chapel is open 24 hours a day and is available for people to pray, meditate, reflect or simply sit quietly. Copies of scripture and holy writings are available from various faith traditions, as well as other helpful written resources.
Upon patient request, we offer assistance with referrals to local religious leaders and faith communities.
Spiritual and Religious Services
We offer both faith-specific services and interfaith services weekly and during special holidays.
Weekly services open to everyone:
- Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m.: Christian Prayers of Healing – The Little Chapel
- Wednesdays, 12:00 p.m.: Guided Meditation and Harp – The Little Chapel
- Thursdays, 12:00 p.m.: Interfaith Healing Service – Perkin Auditorium
- Saturdays, 4:00 p.m.: Roman Catholic Mass – Perkin Auditorium
Weekly services in Perkin Auditorium are broadcast live on Channel 17. Other holiday or special services are publicized by flyers in the Little Chapel and throughout the hospital.
Help Making Hard Decisions
We help clarify spiritual issues and ethical dilemmas, and assist with living wills and advance directives.
End-of-Life Care and Emergency Support
We respond to calls in emergency situations, both in the Emergency Department and throughout the hospital. We accompany dying patients, their family members and loved ones.
We facilitate cancer support groups and other spirituality groups throughout the hospital for patients as well as staff members.
Inpatient Spiritual Care Channels
We offer the CARE Channel on Channel 83 throughout the Hospital, and on Channel 65 in the Labor & Delivery and Maternity units. This channel provides beautiful scenes of nature and relaxing music. Channel 17 features a live broadcast of our weekly spiritual services held in the Perkin Auditorium.