Social, Spiritual, and Grief Resources
Social Services supports the continuum of healthcare services within a dynamic healing environment by providing compassionate and individualized social work services to patients and families, promoting justice and access to services, and helping mobilize resources within patients and their communities.
The Social Services Department exists to address the psychosocial aspects of health care including health care access; discharge planning; safety related to abuse, neglect, violence, and chemical health; case management and continuity of care; advocacy; grief, loss, and adjustment issues; crisis response; caregiver education and support; and patient and intern/resident education. These services are provided to all inpatient areas of the hospital, except psychiatry, and all outpatient areas except psychiatry and acute psych services (social services in those areas are provided by their own social workers).
In addition to the traditional services to patients in medicine, surgery, peds, OB/GYN and labor and delivery, intensive care, neurology, cardiology, ortho, renal, rehab, and the burn units, specialized services are provided for HIV/AIDS patients, brain injured patients (both adult and pediatric), sexually abused children, domestic violence victims, and a community-based family practice clinic.
Social Services professionals promote a healing environment through their commitment to caring for the patients, the families and the healthcare team at Hennepin Healthcare. The social service staff assesses the cultural, social/emotional and community needs of patients to provide the appropriate intervention. They partner with community agencies and patients to offer resources, treatment plans, and long-term care.
Social Services personnel help patients navigate the multiple hospital and community systems they encounter while encouraging patient autonomy. Staff is committed to justice and equality for all patients and to enhancing patients' lives within the context of health and healing.
The professional chaplains here at Hennepin Healthcare are committed to addressing your spiritual and emotional needs. Our mission is to provide sensitive support to you and your family during your stay here. We recognize that your struggle with illness or injury may initiate a spiritual struggle as well. So, we are here to walk with you through your journey—while respecting your culture, religion, value system, traditions, and the faith community.
How to Contact a Chaplain
Ask your nurse or physician to page the on-call Chaplain at 336-0410. An on-call Chaplain is in-house Monday through Friday 8am-11pm & Saturday and Sunday 8:30am-9pm. For immediate needs all other times, page the same number and a chaplain can come within half an hour.
If you can wait, leave a message at 612-873-2260.
Spiritual Center Location
The newly renovated Spiritual Center is located in the Red Building, Level 2 Skyway, adjacent to the Medical Library Services. The Spiritual Center is open 24 hours a day for patients, families, and staff. The Center is a spiritual space open for people of all faiths and no faith, for prayer, meditation, and quiet time.
Spiritual and Religious Resources
- www.ppcwc.org (local intercultural healing resources)
- www.archspm.org (Catholic Diocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis)
- www.mnchurches.org (members of MN Council of Churches)
- www.blackandchristian.com (national and local resources)
- www.biblegateway.com/versions/Access the Bible in multiple languages
- www.hindumandirmn.org (Hindu Temple of Minnesota)
- www.hmongcc.org (local and national resources)
- www.islamiccentermn.org (local resources)
- www.abuubakar.org (Abubakar As-Saddique Islamic Center)
- www.alhudacenter.org (prayer times, online Qur’an)
- www.mnjamat.org (Ja’afari Islamic Center)
- www.jfcsmpls.org (Jewish Family & Children’s Services)
- www.mavensearch.com (link to local synagogues)
Latter Day Saints
- www.ldschurchtemples.com (link to local resources)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Spiritual Resources
- www.outfront.org (lists MN faith communities and resources)
- www.WelcomingResources.org (Christian & multi-faith resources for LGBTQI)
- www.mnatheists.org (Minnesota Atheists)
Minnesota Native American Resources
- www.indianaffairs.state.mn.us (links to MN bands)
- www.mnsikhs.com (Society of MN Sikhs)
- www.wiccanchurchmn.org (Wicca Church Minnesota)
Grief and Loss Resources
For more information, contact the Spiritual Care Department at 612-873-2260.
Traumatic Grief and Loss
- www.survivorresources.org – Local support for survivors of traumatic loss
- www.traumacenter.org – Resources to assist trauma victims and their families
- www.ncvc.org – National Center for Victims of Crime; resources for coping
- www.afsp.org – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention; resources for coping with suicide loss
Children and Traumatic Loss
- www.aftertheinjury.org – Resources for helping children and teens cope with trauma
- www.missfoundation.org – Resources for children and parents coping with traumatic injuries
- www.compassionatefriends.org – Links to local chapters of "Compassionate Friends"
Pregnancy and Infant Loss
- www.grievingforbabies.org – Grieving for babies guides families and professionals towards understanding grief caused by the death of a baby
- www.unspokengrief.com – Unspoken Grief is a safe place to share and learn about the impact of miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss.
- www.irisremembers.com – Infants remembered in silence; a website offering support, education, and resources for parents experiencing the death of a child.
- http://facesofloss.com/ – Putting a face on miscarriage, stillborn and infant loss.
- www.firstcandle.org – Infant loss support in Spanish and English, with links to local support groups
Chronic Illness and Loss
- www.caringinfo.org – The Caring Connection; resources for chronic or serious illness; includes state-specific health care directives