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Chaplaincy Program

To Contact Copley’s Interfaith Chaplain

  • Call the Chaplaincy Office 802-888-8112
  • Ask a nurse or staff member to contact the Chaplain
  • Call 802-888-8888 and ask the switchboard operator to contact the Chaplain

A Chaplain Is On-Call 24 Hours A Day, Seven Days A Week

The Chaplaincy Office is located on the main floor of the hospital

Copley Chaplain Avril Cochran, EdD, RN

Throughout her 40-plus years in healthcare, she has focused in one way or another on providing what she calls “spiritual care” to people around her. Avril has served at several churches before becoming pastor at the Irasburg United Church.

What is the Chaplaincy Program

Copley’s Chaplaincy Program contributes to the health, hope, dignity, and well-being of patients, families, and staff by respectfully attending to the human spirit by providing pastoral care and other forms of religious and spiritual support.

Such pastoral care can be an important resource as persons seek to maintain health and cope with illnesses, traumas, losses, and life transitions.

A chaplain provides pastoral care by seeking to understand the needs, concerns, thoughts, and feelings of each person, and offering ministry that invites and motivates the healthy and meaningful use of each person’s unique spiritual beliefs, attitudes, and practices.

Respecting the dignity and privacy of individuals, chaplaincy support is initiated by a patient’s or family member’s request, or through their permission.

Who May Receive Chaplaincy Care

Anyone who requests chaplaincy support will receive it.

Chaplaincy support and services are offered to patients and families and staff members of all religious faiths.

It is also offered to individuals with no religious affiliation and/or those discovering and exploring their spirituality.

What You Can Expect From A Chaplain

  • Confidentiality and Attentive Listening Skills
  • Respect for the ways each person discovers and expresses the human spirit
  • Frequent Visits to extend support, counseling, prayer, and sacraments, when requested by patient or family member
  • Notification of patient’s or family members’ religious congregation or their relationship with a clergy person, with a patient or family member permission
  • Assessment of spiritual needs and spiritual concerns
  • Linking patients and families with hospital staff
  • Information, guidance, and support about health care decisions; medical ethics questions; Advance Directives; Organ and Tissue donation; bereavement and grief patterns

Appropriate Times to Consult with a Chaplain

  • Imminent death or death of a patient
  • Emergency and life threatening surgery
  • Change in prognosis or poor prognosis
  • Unexpected serious diagnosis or change in diagnosis
  • A refusal of treatment
  • Patient seeking discharge “against medical advice”
  • Mental health crisis
  • Spiritual crisis
  • A time of distress