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Spiritual Care

2069.2 miles away
24 hours a day, seven days a week

Spiritual Care

24 hours a day, seven days a week

The chaplains at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center are available 24 hours a day to serve the emotional and spiritual needs of our patients and their families. Our chapel is open to all, and our chaplains can provide support to people from any belief or religious tradition. We are here to listen, offer encouragement, and support your religious, cultural, and spiritual beliefs.

Where you want someone to pray for you or a want a quiet place to meditate, we provide a range of services to meet your spiritual, emotional, and social needs. We are honored to be present with you as you navigate life changes, stress, grief, and all the other emotions and questions of meaning that arise with hospitalization.

You are welcome to visit Sister Ethel Richardson Chapel at any time or ask your nurse to call us at 509-474-2297. Family members, friends of patients, and Providence staff are all welcome to reach out to us for support and comfort.

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Sister Ethel Richardson Chapel

Sister Ethel Richardson Chapel is located on the main floor near the main entrance. Anyone can visit 24 hours a day for quiet reflection, meditation, and prayer.

Worship Services: Catholic Mass is celebrated Wednesday at 12:00 p.m.

Serenity Room

To get to the Serenity Room, take the Star elevator to the 4th floor of the Children’s Hospital. It is open 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Healing Garden

The Healing Garden is located across the street from Emergency Department, and is open during daylight hours 7 days a week.

We serve all religious and faith traditions by providing access to spiritual and emotional support. Our spiritual care services are many and include:

  • Active listening
  • Companioning through life transitions, including but not limited to supporting Advance Directives
  • Crisis support
  • Prayer and blessings
  • Referrals for support groups, patient education and bereavement services
  • Sacramental ministry
  • Worship experiences
  • Facilitate visitation with community faith leaders
  • No One Dies Alone (NODA): Contact 509-474-3131
Become a Chaplain

To learn more about Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), visit our CPE website or contact us at 509-474-3238.


Music-Thanatology is a palliative care service offered to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual comfort to patients and their families during a time of serious illness or at the end of life. Trained clinicians respond to a patient’s changing condition with a unique prescriptive delivery of music using harp and voice. Because the music is individualized, it often brings reduction of pain, reduced anxiety, respiratory relief, and deep relaxation.

When is prescriptive music helpful?
  • Anytime during treatment of a terminal diagnosis
  • During the removal of life support
  • While a person is on comfort care
  • During periods of anxiety, intense pain, or sleeplessness
  • When a person is having difficulty breathing

Music-Thanatology services can be requested by a patient, a family member, or any health care team member. There is no fee for this service.

For more information on this service, please contact the Music-Thanatology Office in the Providence Center for Faith and Healing, at 509-474-5122.

Grief is as unique as there are variations in people and their relationships.

We want to ensure your journey through grief is accompanied by support and someone to talk with who can empathize with your experience. Providence Sacred Heart is currently offering a unique program of grief support with a trained Chaplain through the Center of Loss & Life Transition founded by Dr. Alan Wolfelt. In our program, we focus on two of the most effective ways to assist grieving people: education about grief, and support.

Participants will have the opportunity to join a 10-week Grief Support Group offered once a year for 5 weeks in Fall, October 18-November 15th and after Holiday break, January 10th-February 7th. that helps process “The Ten Touchstones” of grief in the context of a supportive small group. This group will be experienced in a combined in-person and ZOOM setting.

Current offerings

Enroll in the Grief Support Group.

Early days of grief

For the newly bereaved, we offer the following video presentation by Dr. Alan Wolfelt: Helping Yourself Heal When Someone Dies - Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt.

For Caregivers

David Kessler presents on needs for Caregivers: Self Care Video for Professionals in Healing (

Learn more

We are working to develop a network of other grief support group programs in our larger community and are glad to offer information and referral as they are available. If you have further questions or would like to register your interest in our Grief Support Group, please fill out the form above or call 509-474-2297.