“The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best possible quality of life for the patient and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies.” (NCP for Quality Palliative Care)
When a loved one is diagnosed with a serious illness, life changes in many ways. A crisis in the body often creates suffering in the mind and spirit as well. Whether or not you consider yourself a religious or spiritual person, everyone holds certain beliefs and values about what makes life meaningful or worthwhile. During a time of crisis, it is normal to question your beliefs, and to struggle to make sense out of what is happening to you. Chaplains provide a safe, non-judgmental environment to talk about your struggles.
How can I contact a chaplain or spiritual care provider?
There are three ways for patients to contact Linda G. Fischer, the chaplain at Washington Cancer Institute:
What should I expect?
Whatever your spiritual or religious beliefs and experiences, it is important to remember that spirituality is a part of your life that can be deepened and strengthened. Our chaplain will provide compassionate, non-judgmental support through your illness.
Where will I meet with the chaplain or spiritual care provider?
Our chaplain is available to meet with you at your convenience. She may visit you in your hospital room, or you can meet privately in the chaplain’s office at Washington Cancer Institute. You can also pick any place that is convenient for both of you to speak privately.
Can my family members speak with the chaplain as well?
Yes. A chaplain is available to talk to family members. Some patients prefer for their family members to be part of these conversations.
Contact Spiritual Care
You can reach Chaplain Linda G. Fischer directly, by calling 202-877-8577, or e-mail her by clicking on her name. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Please also visit Cancer Support Services for more information about services available for both patients and families at Washington Cancer Institute.