Pastoral Care Services

“Meaning, purpose and connectedness is fundamental to all of us, and to leave it out of the care system is like leaving out safety and clinical care.” (G.Hilsman)

Pastoral Care is an integrated part of care at King Edward Memorial Hospital. The core of our service is compassion, inclusivity and confidentiality. We offer empathic listening and non-judgemental care to all patients, families and staff, regardless of faith, spirituality or beliefs. All pastoral care representatives are professionally trained and hospital accredited.

After hours

After hours pastoral support is available Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 9 am to 5 pm to patients and families in cases of emergency or bereavement.  We are available to listen, be present and provide emotional or spiritual support.

We also provide:

  • Life transitional rituals
  • Opportunities for reflection and prayer
  • Weekly meditation in the chapel for staff Tuesdays 14:15 – 14:30.

Ward visits

Initial ward contact is generally via referral; however, patients or families may request to see a pastoral care representative.  We are also available to visit patients in clinics and make follow-up phone calls, if requested.

Chapel, Salat Room and prayer facilities

The Chapel and adjoining Quiet Room are located on the First floor, A Block (above the main entrance).

The Salat Room (for Muslim prayer) is in the lower Ground basement passageway, running East/West underneath A Block. From the main entrance, take the lift or stairs to lower ground, turn left and proceed some distance. It is on the left.

Memorial Rose Garden

The Memorial Garden holds the ashes of 38,000 babies. A service is held each month for stillborn babies under 28 weeks’ gestation who have been cremated at KEMH. It is a place of calm, beauty and reflection that bereaved families can access at any time. It is on the KEMH site, on the corner of Barker and Railway Roads, next to the WA Medical Museum.

The Chapel, Salat Room and Memorial Garden are open 24 hours.

More information

Perinatal Loss Service 
Pastoral Care Services
Pastoral Care Services - Following the Loss of Your Baby
Pastoral Care Services - Bereavement Support After the Death of a Loved One
Preparing for your baby's funeral
After the Death of Your Baby - Information for Parents
A Ritual of Remembrance - healing after pregnancy loss up to 15 weeks 
Interment of Ashes at King Edward Memorial Hospital for Women Memorial Garden

Contact us

Tel: (08) 6458 1036 or
Tel: (08) 6458 1726

Operating Hours

8.00am - 4.00 pm Monday to Friday

plus Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays

on-call service 9am to 5pm.