Pastoral services

Spiritual care for people of all faiths

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Pastoral Care fulfills the spiritual dimension of the Duke Health mission. As members of the health care team at Duke, our staff provides counseling and support to patients, families, caregivers, visitors, and staff.

Pastoral services are available at all Duke Health hospitals any time of day or night. We provide support, guidance, and someone to listen when you or a loved one is in need. Whether you’re facing a sudden health challenge or end-of-life decisions, need guidance on ethical decision-making, or need a place to focus on prayer and meditation, we’re here for you. 

  • Multi-faith chapels for prayer, meditation, and reflection
  • Facilitation and support of religious practices of all faiths 
  • 24-hour on-call chaplain for health emergencies
  • Access to community chaplains from many faiths
  • Weekly religious and spiritual health programming
  • Multi-faith pastoral care and emotional support 
  • Guidance in dealing with health challenges of any type
  • Advocacy for patients and staff
  • Crisis intervention
  • Advice on ethical issues
  • Consultations on end-of-life decisions and advanced directives

Request chaplain services

Hospital chaplains are available day or night to offer spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths and belief systems. Contact us if you are:

  • in need prayer or spiritual counsel
  • making a request for a religious ritual
  • asking spiritual questions
  • anticipating surgery or a procedure
  • anxious, worried, lonely or far from home
  • grieving a loss or life change
  • facing difficult decisions
  • celebrating a religious or spiritual occasion
  • in need of information about community religious resources

Frequently asked questions

Who are clinical social workers and what do they do?

Clinical social workers are licensed mental health professionals trained to help people find solutions to many of life's most difficult situations. Clinical social workers earn a master's degree in a two-year program, and then specialize in a particular area of practice. They may work in mental health, health care, employee assistance, or substance abuse, or have private therapy practices. The scope of their practice encompasses all points in the lifespan, from infancy to old age.

Why choose a clinical social worker?

Clinical Social Workers are trained in individual, couples, family, and group therapy as well as in policy and systems theory. Clinical social workers believe in drawing upon the strengths of the individual and are skilled at mobilizing family, friends, and community resources to help solve problems.

How can a clinical social worker help me at Duke?

At Duke University Hospital, Licensed Clinical Social Workers are members of the health care team who assist patients and families with the stresses associated with sudden and chronic illness and its impact on everyday life. Social workers are also available to the staff at Duke for consultation around difficult psychological, family, or social issues such as family violence, mental health problems, or substance abuse.

Hospital contact information

Duke University Hospital
225 Baker House
DUMC Box 3112
Weekdays: 919-684-3586
Evenings/Weekends: 919-684-8111 
Fax: 919-684-8438
email: pastoralsvc@dm.duke.edu

Duke Raleigh Hospital
Weekdays: 919-954-3268
Evenings/Weekends: call your nurse

Duke Regional Hospital
Weekdays: 919-470-5363
Evenings/Weekends: call your nurse