Pastoral and Bereavement Services

The Cabrini Pastoral and Bereavement team is here to support you and your family through difficult times. We provide pastoral, spiritual and emotional guidance when and where you need it. 

General Inquiries

Phone: (03) 9508 1222

Additional Information

Ask a nurse, doctor or any health professional staff member to refer to our service.

Contact pastoralservices@cabrini.com.au
Operating Hours

Service times vary for each campus. Please contact us on (03) 9508 1222 or on extension 99 from your bedside phone to confirm when a pastoral practitioner is on site.

Referral

This service does not require a referral.

Downloads

Cabrini Pastoral Services brochure

Grief and Bereavement Support Services brochure

Locations

Cabrini Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern VIC 3144
(03) 9508 1222
Cabrini Brighton
243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9508 5888
Palliative & Supportive Care
646 High Street, Prahran VIC 3181
(03) 9508 1000
Residential Aged Care
54 Queens Parade, Ashwood VIC 3147
(03) 9508 3000
Rehabilitation - Hopetoun
2-6 Hopetoun Street, Elsternwick VIC 3185
(03) 9508 5100

Pastoral Services

At Cabrini we offer a unique component of care that focuses on the human spirit; the part of us that centres on what is sacred and meaningful, and what gives us hope, strength and energy.

In the face of illness or admission to hospital, you may deal with some challenging questions such as:

  • How will I cope?
  • How will I get through this?
  • What can I hope for? 
  • Where is God?
  • Who am I now?                                        
  • Why me?

Our professionally qualified and experienced pastoral practitioners are here to support you through this challenging time. Our male and female practitioners are available for one-off or multiple visits, and will:

  • Listen to you with compassion
  • Extend a non-anxious presence and companionship to you
  • Assist you to identify and name your own lifelong sources of strength, hope, meaning and purpose
  • Link you with your own spiritual and faith representatives if requested
  • Connect you with rituals, sacraments, texts and prayers you may desire
  • Deliver spiritual and emotional support to your families and loved ones
  • Refer you to other appropriate professional services if requested
  • Guarantee your privacy and confidentiality at all times

We care for people of all faith and no faith traditions, cultures and spiritual beliefs. Cabrini pastoral services are available across all of our facilities, and increasingly, in the home at no charge. 

“Thank you to all staff members who came to give our father support during his stay at Cabrini. The power of prayer is mighty and we feel blessed by his recovery.”

 “Without your care, guidance, prayers and support I believe that recovery would not have been as successful.”

“I feel like I am finally coming out of the fog. Thanks for your care.”

Download our brochure or contact us at pastoralservices@cabrini.com.au for more information.

Bereavement Services

We understand that the loss of a loved one can come with an intense feeling of grief. Grieving is a natural and healthy response to loss, however the experience may affect you on many levels and it can be very challenging.

Bereavement is the specific experience of loss following the death of someone who is important to you. In bereavement, you may face many difficult questions such as:

  • Why did this happen?
  • Where is my loved one now?
  • Did I do enough for them?           
  • Will I ever get over this?

Bereavement Support Program

In the months and years following a death, most people find a way forward. After a period of time you can begin to live a meaningful life once more. To help you in this process we have developed a 12 month, five-step Bereavement Support Program at Cabrini. 

The program is available to next of kin and primary carers at Cabrini’s acute and palliative hospitals and includes next of kin of Cabrini’s palliative home care patients.

“Your insight into the grieving and healing process has been a great help.”

“I will remember your bereavement service.”

“I would like to express my gratitude for the very moving and beautiful service I attended with my daughter. It was a great comfort to us both and will remain a special memory we share.” 

Download our brochure or contact us at bereavement@cabrini.com.au for more information. 


Other useful resources

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement    Ph: 1800 642 066                                                        
Beyond Blue (24 hours) Ph: 1300 224 636
Grief Line
Ph: 1300 845 745
Kid's Help Line (24 hours)
Ph: 1800 551 800
Lifeline (24 hours)
Ph: 13 11 14
Men's Line (24 hours)
Ph: 1300 789 978

Sacramental and Extended Ministry services

Pastoral and Bereavement Services also co-ordinate an extended ministry team of authorised volunteers and accredited members of spiritual traditions and faiths to meet your sacramental needs.

This includes Catholic sacraments of baptism, reconciliation, Holy Communion, anointing and matrimony. Our Jewish patients are offered a Shabbos Box each Friday morning to acknowledge the weekly Jewish Sabbath.

Our Cabrini Extended Ministry Team includes but not limited to the following faith based traditions: 

  • Anglican
  • Baptist
  • Buddhist
  • Church of Christ  
  • Greek Orthodox
  • Hindu
  • Jehovah’s Witness
  • Jewish (Liberal and Orthodox)
  • Lutheran
  • Muslim 
  • Uniting Church (Methodist and Presbyterian)    

All visitors are faith based leaders and accredited by Cabrini Health.

Meditation, prayer, reflection and spiritual resources

Mindfulness meditation sessions

  • Brighton    Mondays    12.15 pm
  • Prahran     Thursdays    1.00 pm
  • Malvern     Fridays         1.00pm

Meditation / Reflection / Prayer Resources

For any additional resources, please contact the Pastoral and Bereavement Services department on switchboard or pastoralbereavementservices@cabrini.com.au