Opportunities of Spiritual Support for Hospital Staff in Estonian Health Care Institutions


  • Liidia Meel Tartu University
  • Indrek Linnuste Tartu University




chaplaincy, holistic care, pastoral care, spiritual support, staff support


The current article aims to give an initial qualitative insight into the opportunities to offer spiritual support for hospital staff in Estonian health care institutions. The article addresses the section of pastoral care and the questions about spirituality and spiritual support in a wider survey conducted during 2015-2016 in 19 Estonian hospitals. The results indicated the medical staff's need for information concerning the spiritual and existential questions; the lack of time, work overload and feeling of psychological discomfort were brought out as hindering the discussions about spiritual/religious or existential topics with the patients. The need to deal with the staff members' feelings emerged together with the patient deaths and mentioned also together with the perceived rigidness of the health care system.

Author Biographies

Liidia Meel, Tartu University

Tartu University, Faculty of Theology, PhD studies (clinical pastoral care)

Indrek Linnuste, Tartu University

Indrek Linnuste is a PhD student of religious studies at the University of Tartu. He also works part-time at the Psychiatric Clinic of Pärnu Hospital, which focuses on helping people with mental disorders using integrative psychiatry


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How to Cite

Meel, L., & Linnuste, I. (2019). Opportunities of Spiritual Support for Hospital Staff in Estonian Health Care Institutions. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 6(2), 144–158. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.34970