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Spiritual Care at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

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Info Sheet

Reviewed Date

Jul 27, 2023


Spiritual care resources are available. Some will find music, literature and art as sources of encouragement, motivation and courage. Others will find family, friends and significant people to inspire hope and drive. Many will draw on their faith and seek religious rituals and spiritual practices to connect to the sacred and stay focused and energized throughout their course of treatment. 

Belief systems can become more complex, sensitive to deep reflection and movement as one faces new realities or a shift in ability.  Chaplains are available to be of support, to encourage those connections and assist with spiritual resources for inner strength, peace, resilience and personal dignity.  

Spiritual Care Service
Chaplains visit inpatients to introduce the service and provide assessments to identify spiritual care needs or concerns. This step is taken to determine if spiritual support is needed for the patient’s admission. If needed, the Chaplain will develop a plan of care with the patient’s consent for the admission. This visit also allows the patient to learn of all the available offerings (meditation at bedside, in-person groups, worship services, etc.) at the time of the admission.

Visit requests can come from patients, family, staff and community clergy. Chaplains respect the religious views of all patients and endeavor to support each person’s beliefs, as much as they are able. Spiritual care support can range from a one-time-only visit to on-going care during the patient’s admission. 

Worship Opportunities
Chaplains encourage people of all religious backgrounds to worship, observe or practice in their own manner. While maintaining normal practices can be challenging during hospitalization, we have two worship services that could serve as a supplement. Services can be attended in person in the 10th floor Chapel or watched on Channel 61 from patient rooms.

Two worship services are regularly scheduled:
•    Inter-denominational Christian service on Sunday morning from 10:15-10:45 am
•    Catholic Mass on Tuesday evening from 5:00-5:30 pm 
•    Patients and families are encouraged to continue observing holidays and rituals as needed and as they are able.  

The Chapel is located on the south-west corner of the 10th floor, open 24 hours a day and welcoming to everyone. This is a public space within Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Worship services, meditation sessions, prayer groups and educational sessions are scheduled weekly. Each activity is open to all, walk-ins are welcome to listen, observe or participate.

Next to the Spiritual Care Department is a room for our patients, families and staff desiring a private space for prayer throughout the day. Prayer rugs and compasses are available as needed.  

The following resources are available upon request: 
•    Copies of the Quran, Muslim prayer rugs, Muslim prayer beads 
•    Copies of the Torah, the Tanakh; Challah and Juice, Sabbath candles 
•    Bibles, books on prayer, Daily Word booklets, Lap Robes
•    Catholic communion offered by Ministers of Care from Holy Name Cathedral
•    Chaplains can connect with home clergy to request a visit to the hospital
•    Valet Parking available to visiting clergy with proper identification.

Relaxing music and nature video content can be found on Channel 62 24 hours a day. Patients can also view any service held in the chapel by watching Chanel 61. 

Complementary Therapies 
Weekly meditation and progressive relaxation groups are also provided.  Privately arranged times for guided imagery, relaxation, and meditation are available upon request. 

The Spiritual care department is across from the Chapel on the 10th floor. Chaplains can be reached at the office number 312-238-1200. 


This content is for informational purposes only and may not be comprehensive. Information contained does not imply an endorsement from Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, and does not replace the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.  See here for further details. © Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). Henry B. Betts LIFE Center – (312) 238-5433 – https://www.sralab.org/lifecenter.

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Spiritual Support at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab


Michelle Lagrone, Manager Spiritual Care Department

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