Spiritual Support During Cancer

Fighting cancer can leave patients with many feelings and questions. During times like these, many people turn to faith for help. Having spiritual support through the cancer journey can help you feel less alone and more hopeful. 

Pastoral Care providers at OSF HealthCare provide spiritual care to patients, their families and staff. 

Spiritual support services are available to people of all faiths and backgrounds. 

How can Pastoral Care help?

Pastoral Care professionals offer:

  • Visits and support to patients and families
  • Pastoral conversations related to stress or fears, faith, sources of strength and health
  • Patient advocacy
  • Spiritual reading materials and resources
  • Assistance with Advance Care Planning and Goals of Care
  • Calling other clergy at patient request
  • Prayer, ritual and sacraments

Benefits of Spiritual Support

Cancer affects more than just the physical body. It also affects the spiritual life. Since the beginning of OSF HealthCare, our health care teams have cared for mind, body and spirit. 

Our Pastoral Care professionals have a variety of faith backgrounds and minister to all who seek the reassurance and comfort of remembering that God does not forget those whom He calls and loves as His dear children. 

The Pastoral Care staff is an integral part of our health care team. They are available 24 hours a day to respond to emergencies and requests for their presence. Our chapels are always open and available to all who seek a quiet place for prayer and reflection. 

What to Expect

Pastoral Care providers visit patients at their bedside to provide spiritual support, pray with and for patients and their families, and lead support groups. Pastoral Care professionals can accompany you to identify sources of hope, strength and ways to cope with stress and despair. They can help increase a sense of wholeness, inner peace and hope.

Sacraments and worship services are also available at each hospital.

Get Started

To speak with a Pastoral Care professional or find out more about spiritual support, ask your oncology care team to get connected.  

Facility Location
 OSF Saint Anthony's Health Center  Alton, Illinois
 OSF St. Joseph Medical Center  Bloomington, Illinois
 OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center  Danville, Illinois
 OSF Little Company of Mary Medical Center  Evergreen Park, Illinois
 OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group  Escanaba, Michigan
OSF St. Mary Medical Center
Galesburg, Illinois
 OSF Saint Luke Medical Center  Kewanee, Illinois
 OSF Saint Paul Medical Center  Mendota, Illinois
 OSF Holy Family Medical Center  Monmouth, Illinois
 OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center  Ottawa, Illinois
 OSF Saint Francis Medical Center  Peoria, Illinois
 OSF Saint James - John W. Albrecht Medical Center  Pontiac, Illinois
 OSF Saint Clare Medical Center  Princeton, Illinois
 OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center  Rockford, Illinois
 OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center  Urbana, Illinois


Pastor Care is free and available 24/7.

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