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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. Therefore, we invite you to attend one of our “Grieving: Coping with the Holidays” sessions. During this presentation, we discuss practical ideas and suggestions which can help you deal with your grief and face the memories and feelings that the holiday season may bring. Attending this session will also help you assist others, including children, who are also grieving.
You will have the opportunity to ask questions if you wish to do so. This presentation is suitable for people over the age of 18.
“Grieving: Coping with the Holidays” sessions will be held in the following locations:
St. John’s
November 29, 2018 from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Health Sciences Centre Auditorium
December 3, 2018 from 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Health Sciences Centre Auditorium
If you have any questions or require further information on the sessions happening in St. John's, please call Jacintha Penney or Paul Grimes at 709-777-8940 or email or 
Clarenville, Burin Peninsula and Bonavista Peninsula
November 29, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Marystown, Sacred heart Church
December 3, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Bonavista, Golden Heights Manor 
December 5, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Clarenville, Coish Place
December 12, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Trinity, Lions Club
If you have any questions or require further information on these sessions, please call Kevin Durdle or Lana Park at 709-466-6356 or email
Carbonear/Placentia Area:
December 4, 2018 from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m., Placentia, Lions Manor Nursing Home
December 4, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Carbonear, Long-Term Care Facility
If you have any questions or require further information on these sessions, please call Peter Barnes at 709-777-2167 or email or Mag Snook at 709-777-8972.
If you are unable to attend a session in person, please e-mail one of us for a copy of our handout about handling 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 22, 2018