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Pastoral Care

At Eastern Health, we believe that providing good quality care means taking into consideration everything about our patients, residents and clients - not just their disease or illness. Pastoral care is offered as a part of "whole person care" and pastoral care staff are a part of the health-care team. Through pastoral care, our clients, patients and residents are given assistance to use their spiritual, faith and religious beliefs to enhance their health and wellbeing.
Our Vision Statement
We believe that all patients, families and staff of Eastern Health have a right to pastoral supports and spiritual care. We are committed to having competent staff deliver pastoral services. Our pastoral care staff members are respectful of the clients’, patients’ and residents’ religious traditions and their wishes.

We continue to work in collaboration with other health-care professionals and other pastoral care workers throughout the region and the province to improve the quality of pastoral care through evaluation, research and professional development.



Grief and bereavement support

  • A two-hour grief and bereavement seminar presented the second Tuesday evening of each month at the Miller Centre.
  • Eight-week bereavement information and support group presented at various locations throughout the region.
  • Coping with the Holidays (held late November/early December each year at the Health Science Centre in St. John’s, as well as in Clarenville, Bonavista and Marystown.
  • Individual grief counselling
Grieving: Coping with the Holidays Sessions
For those who have experienced the loss of a loved one, the holiday season can be difficult. Eastern Health invites you to attend a “Grieving: Coping with the Holidays” session, to hear practical ideas and suggestions that can help you cope with your grief and face the memories and feelings of the holiday season. This session will also help you assist others, including children, who are also grieving. There will be a question period for those wishing to ask questions. Sessions are suitable for people over the age of 18.
“Grieving: Coping with the Holidays” sessions will be held in the following locations:
St. John’s
Monday, December 2, 2019
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ; 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Health Sciences Centre Auditorium
Signage will be posted and volunteers will be stationed at the main patient entrance of the Health Sciences Centre to help you find your way to the auditorium. 
If you have any questions or require further information about these sessions, please call Jacintha Penney or Paul Grimes at 709-777-8940 or email / 
Clarenville and Burin Peninsula
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Marystown, Sacred Heart Church
Thursday, December 12, 2019
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Clarenville, Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital, Boardroom 
If you have any questions or require further information about these sessions, please call Kevin Durdle or Lana Park at 709-466-6356 or email
Rural Avalon
Friday, December 6, 2019
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Carbonear, Josiah Squibb Memorial Pavilion, Multipurpose Room
Saturday, December 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Renews Community Centre 
If you have any questions or require further information on these sessions, please call Peter Barnes at 709-777-2167, email or call Mag Snook at 709-777-8972.
If you are unable to attend a session in person, please e-mail one of the above addresses to obtain a handout about coping with grief and loss.

Perinatal Bereavement Services 

Perinatal loss refers to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, termination, intrauterine death, stillbirth, or newborn death. Eastern Health offers the following services to individuals who have experienced the loss of a baby:
Radical forgiveness program (six-week study program)
Geriatric Psychiatry Education Day hosted annually in the auditorium in the Health Sciences Centre, St. John’s

Support group for recovering addicts and alcoholics at the Recovery Centre in Pleasantville (every Monday)

U-Turn Centre – a drop-in centre for addicts, alcoholics and their families in the Trinity-Conception area.

For more information on Eastern Health’s Pastoral Care Services, please call (709) 777-6959.


Updated Nov 21, 2019