Cedars-Sinai recognizes that people subscribe to a variety of beliefs. Our chaplains are trained to work from each person’s individual belief. Many people find spiritual practices, such as mindfulness meditation or Reiki, to be helpful during their hospital stay. These practices promote relaxation and can reduce stress, pain and anxiety. We offer a quiet place of reflection for everyone.
The chapel at Cedars-Sinai is open to patients, visitors and Cedars-Sinai employees 24 hours a day. It is located on the Plaza Level, between the North and South towers, and is open to people of all beliefs. Additional spiritual services and programs may be viewed on Cedars-Sinai closed-circuit TV, Channel 50.
Reiki and meditation sessions are held in the chapel at these times:
- Monday, 1 p.m. – Reiki for Relaxation
- Thursday, 12 p.m. – Mindfulness Meditation
Reiki is a safe, simple, natural, gentle, hovering or hands-on energy technique used for stress reduction and relaxation. It is a form of healing energy and treatment is intended to help provide feelings of spiritual healing, peace, security, and well-being. While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to receive a Reiki treatment or the benefits of Reiki.
In addition to services at the Cedars-Sinai chapel, there are many other places for prayer and attending services in the vicinity of the hospital. To help you find a nearby place of worship, please contact the Spiritual Care team at 310-423-5550.
Other Spiritual Care Services
Here are a few additional resources Cedars-Sinai offers to people of all faiths and belief systems:
- Assistance contacting outside clergy
- Visits by Spiritual Care team volunteers
- "Music for Healing" by volunteer gospel/worship singers
- Harvard Divinity School Multifaith Calendar (lists primary sacred times for world religions)
Advance Healthcare Directives
It is completely up to you to decide whether to accept or refuse medical care and to make decisions about treatments that prolong your life. However, if you're unable to make those choices for yourself, it's important that you make your wishes known well in advance by completing an advance healthcare directive.
Talk with your doctor, your family and your spiritual advisor or one of our chaplains. They can work with you to complete your advance healthcare directive so your medical team and your loved ones can honor your healthcare decisions.