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Services for Inpatients

Spiritual Care Services Department

About Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital provides patients, their loved ones, and hospital staff with emotional, spiritual and religious support. We are committed to providing compassionate services to people of all faith traditions, with various beliefs, and those with no religious affiliation. An interfaith chaplain is in the hospital Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm and on-call 24/7 for emergencies.

Services We Provide

  • Responding to referrals and patient requests
  • Rounding on units
  • Pre- and post-operative visits as requested
  • Blessings
  • Communion
  • End of Life Rituals
  • Memorial Services
  • Blessing of Hands & Tea for the Soul for staff
  • Weekly spirituality group on the Psychiatry unit
  • Bi-weekly spirituality groups with the Addiction Recovery Program
  • An interfaith chapel open 24/7 (located near the 3rd floor entrance) with sacred texts, resource materials and a prayer book where prayer intentions, hopes and blessings can be written

For Patients and Families:

When should I call a chaplain?

If you are struggling with the meaning of your illness

If you'd like to talk to someone about your faith

If you are faced with difficult treatment choices

If you would like to request a religious ritual specific to your tradition or situation

If you have received difficult news

If you are far from home and would like support

If you are anticipating surgery

If you'd like someone to pray with or bless you

If you are grieving a loss

If you would like to process feelings of anxiety or fear

For Staff:

When should I call a chaplain?

If you are dealing with a spiritual issue

If you would like someone to pray with you or bless you

If you would like information on a patient's religious tradition in order to provide culturally competent care

If you have religious or ethical concerns about the work you perform

If you would like to arrange a memorial service for a deceased colleague

Staff Bios

Tara Deonauth, M.Div. received her master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School, and she completed her clinical training at Boston Medical Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Beverly Hospital, and UNC Health Care. She has specialized training in supporting palliative care, psychiatric, pediatric, and oncology patients and is certified in dementia care through the Alzheimer’s Association. She also serves as a mediator in Massachusetts courts through the Harvard Mediation Program and has supported peacebuilding efforts in Northern Ireland.

Previously, Tara worked as a high school teacher in Lawrence, MA and later as a director of data analytics for an education nonprofit. This mélange of interest and experience combined with her insatiable love for storytelling draw her to the field of chaplaincy. At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital Tara oversees spiritual care services and facilitates weekly spirituality groups on the psychiatric unit and with the addiction recovery program. She is also a member of the Ethics Committee and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.


Offering comprehensive medical, surgical and psychiatric care as well as complete emergency, ambulatory and diagnostic services to residents of southwest Boston and the surrounding suburbs.