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Pastoral Care

Your spiritual health is an important part of your recovery process.  Our Department of Pastoral Care works closely with your physician and other members of your healthcare team to offer consultation and counsel regarding spiritual, emotional and ethical matters.  

Pastoral Care Services

Call on the Pastoral Care Department to provide any of the following services: 

  • Prayer
  • Scripture
  • Sacraments
  • Worship services 
  • Companionship during illness and end of life 
  • Bereavement Support Groups 

Your individual spirituality may not be expressed in a formal religious tradition; our chaplains are trained to address your needs in a way that is helpful to you. 

Our Chaplains

Our chaplains are available to participate in family meetings to discuss your treatment plan or that of your loved one. 

The Reverend Beth Loomis

The Rev. Beth Loomis, Director of Pastoral Care, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. She was trained at Harvard Divinity School and is equipped to meet the needs of people of all faiths. She has served over twenty years coordinating chaplain and bereavement services in hospice care and currently runs the bereavement program at Mount Auburn Hospital. She is also co-chair of the Ethics Committee. 

Catholic Chaplain Mary Harrison

Mary Harrison, M.T.S., S.T.L., is the hospital's Catholic chaplain, appointed by the Archdiocese of Boston to provide pastoral care to Roman Catholic patients, Mary is board-certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Roman Catholic priests are available to administer sacraments, and the services of Spanish, Greek, Armenian and Portuguese priests are available. Eucharistic Ministers are also available to provide communion


Located in the Needham Lobby, our hospital chapel is available for your use 24 hours a day. 

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