"I believe we are all called to do simple and ordinary things, with an extraordinary spirit."
- Conceicao Mesquita, Chaplain
Mind, Body, Spirit
Spiritual Services is a hands-on expression of the Westlake Hospital Mission. Our chaplains walk the halls of Westlake, working to heal the mind, body and spirit of patients, residents, their family members and employees. Their role is both simple and complex. They offer compassionate listening. They comfort those who are sick or suffering, whether that means singing to them or praying with them. They help people find meaning in their pain. They provide rituals of healing and sacraments of any religious affiliation, including making funeral arrangements or arranging marriage vows. They help people understand God's love for who they are. They give hope. They help people put their lives back on track. They improve the health of our community.
Spiritual Services provides an open, caring, compassionate environment that helps people draw on his or her own unique beliefs and practices for comfort, courage and strength. Westlake chaplains value the diversity of ways in which faith is expressed and are committed to responding to an individual's spiritual and/or emotional needs.
The Spiritual Services staff ensures that Mass is offered and several quiet areas exist so patients, residents, visitors and employees can reflect, pray or meditate, including chapels and prayer spaces.