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Faith and Spirituality

Overview | Worship | Chapel Location | Services 
Support | Clinical Pastoral Education | Contact Information

Chapel at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
Chapel at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Overview
Texas Health Resources strives to provide health care services for the whole person — body, mind and spirit. In keeping with this commitment, the Department of Pastoral Care maintains a presence at each Texas Health hospital and at the corporate office. In addition, each site offers a chapel for prayer, meditation, quiet time and worship.

Spiritual care delivered through the Pastoral Care department and by others in the organization addresses concerns of the spirit: faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt. Pastoral care offers help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don't often make sense or seem fair.

Members have answered a call to offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Pastoral Care chaplains do not try to convert people. They are trained to help bring together the physical, emotional and spiritual components that are necessary for an individual to experience healing, health and hope. Spiritual care services are available to patients, family members, hospital employees and medical staff members.

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Worship
Regular worship opportunities are provided for the hospital community at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth. Protestant worship is at 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the Castleberry Chapel and is televised live in-house on Channel 3. Catholic Mass is celebrated at noon most Thursdays in the Smith Chapel. Other special services are provided.

Faith in Action

Morris Meditation Garden

Caregivers at Texas Health Resources recognize that they are on sacred ground when caring for a patient at the end of their life. That was certainly the case for a patient with a long history of hospital stays at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth who was admitted to the hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit for what would be the last time in August 2009.

After consulting with the patient's physician, the family decided to withdraw life support from their loved one once the rest of the family arrived at the hospital. The patient's wife had promised him that he would not die in the hospital, so the CVICU nurses went into action. They made, and even practiced, a plan to wheel the patient down to the Heart Center's Morris Meditation Garden.

It was a beautiful 80-degree day, and the patient was joined by his priest, family members and caregivers in the garden. Life support was removed, and through her tears, the patient's wife told him that she loved him and had kept her promise not to let him die in the hospital. The patient passed away in the arms of his wife.

Listen to a nurse tell this story.

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Chapel Location
There are three chapels available for meditation and prayer. The Smith Chapel is located on the first floor of the Harris Tower and is open for prayer and meditation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Castleberry Chapel is located on the Plaza level of the Sid Richardson Tower and is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. The Heart Center Meditation Chapel, located on the Ground Floor, is open 24 hours a day.

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Services
The Pastoral Care department offers the following services:

  • Patient and family visitation
  • Response to referrals by physicians, nurses, patients and clergy
  • Pastoral support for families of inpatient or outpatient procedures
  • On-call availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Counseling and care for medical staff, employees and members of the community
  • Support groups for persons who experience loss or chronic illness
  • Worship experiences for patients, employees and medical staff in the chapels and at the patient's bedside
  • Bibles in patient rooms and other areas as well as literature related to spiritual and emotional issues concerning health care
  • Sacramental and ritual services (baptism, holy communion, anointing) provided by Pastoral Care staff or by arrangement with representatives of a recipient's religious community
  • Decedent care and memorial services
  • Journals provided in most chapels for expression of prayers, meditations and spiritual requests

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Support
Create or visit a CaringBridge website to support and connect loved ones during an extended illness, treatment, surgery or recovery.

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Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is practical, hands-on theological education for ministers or seminarians. CPE combines ministry with a curriculum designed to help CPE students learn about themselves as ministers as well as how to meet the spiritual needs of those in their care.

Learn more about opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education available through the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals CPE Center. 

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Contact Information
The Pastoral Care team provides pastoral and spiritual care to patients, employees, families, medical staff members and their families. Local clergy provide pastoral care to members of their congregations.

To contact a chaplain or representative from a particular faith, please call the Pastoral Care department at 817-250-2092 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., or call the switchboard operator at 817-250-2000 and ask that the chaplain on-call be paged. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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