In times of illness, uncertainty and change, many draw deeply from the tradition of their own faith, while others simply want a listening ear, a friend on the journey. The health care chaplaincy provides spiritual and pastoral support and helps you cope with the questions that arise. Our services are also available for family members, friends and staff. All issues discussed are strictly confidential. You can contact us any time.
We are members of the Protestant, the Roman Catholic or the Christian Catholic Church. However, we are open to people of all faiths or those with no religious affiliation. We all have a theological qualification as well as additional clinical pastoral training. Chaplains of other faiths can be contacted on request.
From left to right: Dieter Graf, Barbara Oberholzer, Martin Roth, Maria Borghi-Ziegler, Lisa Palm, Alberto Dietrich, Hagen Gebauer, Audrey Kaelin, Bernd Siemes, Elisabeth Cohen, Margarete Garlichs (not on this picture: Marika Kober)
Tel. +41 44 255 53 33 (at any time)
Secretary of Health Care Chaplaincy, Rämistrasse 100, 8091 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 255 46 61 (Tue & Fri all day, Wed morning)
Volunteers begin the Sunday with a good deed. They go to the wards and assist patients on their way to church. After the worship service they help patients get back to their wards. Then the volunteers gather for a cup of coffee.
Once a year the volunteers are invited to a formal dinner by the hospital chaplaincy. The most wonderful reward, however, is certainly the patient’s joy at being able to attend the Sunday service.
Would you like to spend some of your free time as a volunteer on Sunday mornings? You decide when and how often you could come and help out. Our voluntary patient support gladly welcomes new members.
More information available in German (PDF)
We visit patients of our own denomination on the wards regularly and can be called at any time (24/7 on-call availability). However, we are open to all patients, respecting their religious belief or conviction.
We listen to your hopes, fears, joys and anxieties. We share your problems and provide emotional, pastoral and spiritual support.
We care for your religious and spiritual needs. If desired, we can pray together and ask God for grace and blessing. We can also celebrate a ritual with you. We gladly bring you the Holy Communion or the Lord’s Supper to your bedside. We can have a Catholic priest come for the Anointing of the Sick. In case of an emergency on the maternity ward or on the neonatology we baptize children worthily and sensitively.
We are also available for family members and friends. Please contact the nursing staff if you would like to receive a visit. Furthermore we offer
saying goodbye rituals for deceased patients.
On Sundays we meet for worship in the hospital church at 10.15 am. We celebrate the service, by turns Protestant, Catholic or Ecumenical. All patients, relatives and staff as well as visitors from outside the hospital are welcome.
The voluntary patient support collects the patients in their beds or wheelchairs. After the service the patients are brought back to their wards. If you cannot attend the worship service, you may listen to it on the hospital radio, channel 6.
Late May the hospital church turns from a tranquil place to an island full of children’s joy. The former infants of the neonatology are invited with their parents, siblings, grandparents, relatives and friends to celebrate a thanksgiving worship service. The kids take by storm the church room with their laughter and cheerful chatter. For their parents it is often important to go back to the place where the life of their children began.
Neonatology thanksgiving services in the hospital church:
Saturday, May 21st 2016, at 4 pm and Sunday, May 22nd 2016, at 10.15 am
From late October to late November we invite all those, who have lost a loved one, to our commemoration days and memorial services in the hospital church. The memorial services give the bereaved relatives and staff the possibility to remember deceased family members and friends. Many take the opportunity to write the deceased name on a stone. Afterwards they place their stone on the altar steps and think of the deceased one in silence.
Memorial services in the hospital church, Sundays at 11 am:
October 23rd, November 6th and November 20th 2016
The hospital church welcomes not only Christians, but people of all faiths or of none. It is beautifully decorated with colored stained glass windows made by the artist Max Ruedi. The church doors are open 24 hours a day for prayer, meditation and reflection. You can sit in silence, light a candle, write personal thoughts and feelings in a reflection book.
You can find the hospital church in the main building U GEL, next to Bistro SUED.
The prayer room for all faiths and none bears the symbols of the major religions. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer, silence and meditation. You can write down personal experiences as well as your thoughts, concerns and hopes in a reflection book.
You can find the prayer room in the entrance hall of NORD 2.