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Pastoral Care

About Us

We are well-integrated into the clinical context of one of the top-ranked level one trauma and tertiary care medical centers in the nation.

Since 1961, we have served the patients, families, and staff at UNC Medical Center through pastoral leadership, compassionate presence, empathetic listening, and support in crisis and grief. Respecting all spiritual beliefs, we strive to connect with individuals who are experiencing a significant time in their life.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Clinical Pastoral Education is professional education for ministry. Utilizing clinical methods of learning, students engage in pastoral ministry with suffering persons, and then undertake a disciplined process of reflection on that ministry with an ACPE-certified supervisor and a peer group. CPE provides students with the opportunity to integrate their personal history and their theological heritage into an authentic pastoral identity.

Bereavement Support Services

If you are exploring this information, most likely you are on a grief journey of some kind. The loss of someone you care for may be the deepest emotional pain you will ever know. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow.

Understanding the emotions and changes that accompany grief can be an important step in healing. Our hope is that the following information will provide comfort to you as you cope with your loss.

Chaplaincy Services

The Department of Pastoral Care at UNC Medical Center is committed to caring for the spiritual needs of patients, families, and staff. We provide spiritual support to people of all faith traditions and are readily available to explore spiritual questions and concerns that may arise during hospitalization.

Spirituality is a vital part of human wholeness and plays an important role in the healing process. Understanding this, our mission is to assist patients, families and staff as they face the emotional and spiritual impact of illness and crisis. Chaplains help people deal with issues of fear, loneliness, ethical values, questions of meaning, hopelessness and hope.

Community Clergy

We want to thank you for your ministry in the lives of the individuals and families you serve in your parish. Extending your care to them while they are hospitalized is very important. UNC Health Care values pastoral and spiritual care as significant elements of the healing process and appreciate you joining us in our work.

As colleagues in ministry, we your visitations to and from the hospital to be as convenient as possible and we want to be available to help you in whatever manner you need. Please feel free to call us at any time with questions about how to navigate the hospital system. We may also call on you for help with specific faith tradition or denominational requests.


For questions about our programs, contact the Department of Pastoral Care at 984-974-4021.