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Spiritual Care

What is spiritual care?

The deepest healing occurs when caring for the whole patient. We understand the needs of the spirit are critical to health. One important way we provide spiritual care is through chaplaincy. Chaplains are specialists, trained in human understanding, religious traditions and pastoral counseling. They are available to all patients. Chaplains see patients, family members and hospital staff of all faiths, ministering in a variety of ways from listening presence to prayer. Upon request, the chaplain will also make contact with community clergy members.

We have two chaplains, Julien Olivier, DMin, and Shelly Snow, MDiv who are both board certified. When a chaplain is not available and there is an emergency, we will help find clergy members from the surrounding area.

How to reach a Chaplain

Monday through Friday — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Call (603) 740-2824 — you can also ask the operator or a nurse to dial or page a chaplain for you.

When to Ask for a Chaplain

There are many situations in which the chaplain can provide emotional support and gentle spiritual guidance for patients and their loved ones. Consider requesting a visit with the chaplain:

  • if you are feeling anxious, afraid or upset
  • if you are struggling with spiritual or religious questions or with the meaning of your illness
  • if you are wrestling with difficult treatment choices or ethical dilemmas
  • if you would like to maintain a certain spiritual practice or receive religious rites or sacraments while in the hospital
  • if you would like your own clergy person to be contacted
  • if you are grieving a loss
  • if you've received some bad news
  • if you would like to prepare spiritually for surgery

Meditation Room

Our meditation room is located near our Main Lobby, across from elevators 1 and 2. This is a quiet, comtemplative room that is open and available to patients, families and staff 24 hours a day. 


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Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
789 Central Avenue, Dover, NH 03820
Phone: (603) 742-5252
Toll free: 1 (877) 201-7100