Soul Care Project


Eric J. Hall

Welcome to Soul Care Project® ‒ a free online resource offering spiritual and emotional support for anyone in distress due to serious illness ‒ whoever you are, whatever you believe, wherever you are.

Soul Care Project® is for patients and their loved ones, for family caregivers and professional caregivers.

It’s brought to you by HealthCare Chaplaincy NetworkTM, a national nonprofit health care organization that provides professional-grade spiritual care-related services and resources ‒ regardless of religion or beliefs ‒ in hospitals, other health care settings, and online. Since 1961 we’ve been helping people who are coping with the spiritual distress that can arise with serious illness.

Spiritual distress raises painful feelings and big questions such as, “Why is this happening?” “Did God abandon me?” “Is there a God?” “What’s going to happen next?”

Spiritual distress can be grounded in religious belief or practice and maybe not. While many people say they are “religious,” many people say they are “spiritual but not religious.”

We created Soul Care Project® for all, and because it is recognized that healing involves care not only for the body and mind, but the intangible that is commonly called the soul.

We understand that struggling alone can lead to feelings of loneliness, hopeless and despair.

Therefore, we invite you to contact a Counselor for free through this website to connect with a professional who will listen and help. Our Counselors are highly experienced professional health care chaplains who are trained and credentialed to offer spiritual and emotional support to everyone regardless of religion or beliefs.

As we grow Soul Care Project®, we welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Warm regards,

Eric J. Hall
President & Chief Executive Officer
HealthCare Chaplaincy Network™

What Is a Chaplain?

Professional Chaplains explain in these brief videos how a chaplain is a healer who cares for the human spirit for those in spiritual pain regardless of one's religion or beliefs.

Professional Chaplain Karen Pugliese

Professional Chaplain Al-Hajji Imam Yusuf H. Hasan

Professional Chaplain Randall Olson

A Chaplain's Role

Three Chaplains/Counselors describe how they offer spiritual and emotional support for anyone in distress due to serious illness -- whoever you are, whatever you believe, wherever you are

Two experts speak on the importance of soul care and spiritual care:

The Rev. Gregory L. Johnson
Creator and Director: EmblemHealth’s Care for the Family Caregiver Initiative

James L. Speyer, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Associate Director for Strategic Planning, Network Development and Public Affairs
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Medical Center

What is a Professional Counselor

Our Counselors are board-certified professional chaplains who are trained to listen to everyone, regardless of religion, or belief.

Anyone living with an illness or physical pain may face distress that is not only physical and/or emotional but also spiritual.

Professional, board-certified chaplains are the soul care specialists on the health care team as doctors and nurses focus on caring for the body.

As Counselors, professional chaplains do not provide definitive answers to questions and issues of spiritual pain. Instead, they help people in distress to identify and draw upon their sources of wellness and strength – regardless of religion or beliefs. Counselors will accept without judgment your beliefs, faith and practice as well as your doubts and misgivings.

As one very experienced professional chaplain puts it:

“Our most fundamental human condition is that we come face to face with our own mortality. As chaplains, we walk into some dark places and help bring in light. We’re not afraid of your darkness. We’re not afraid of your fear. We don’t care who a person is or who you’ve been. We want to be with you where you are.

“We try to find common ground and a common language, speaking about hope, love, faith, relationships, family, regrets. Our goal is not to get you from one point to the other. Our goal is to help you identify where you want to go.”

All our Counselors are also board-certified health care chaplains. A health care chaplain becomes board certified by one of the professional associations when he or she meets the requirements: has completed graduate level study and 1600 hours of supervised clinical training, demonstrates competencies through a rigorous peer review process, and commits to a professional code of ethics prohibits proselytizing.

In a short Video clip, Professional Chaplain David Fleenor describes the process to become Chaplain.

Some professional chaplains are also ordained clergy or recognized religious/spiritual leaders depending on their tradition; some are not.While local clergy and religious leaders who volunteer to see patients in hospitals usually serve only patients of their own religious faith, professional health care chaplains seek to care for everyone – whoever you are, whatever you believe, wherever you are.

You can connect with a Counselor at Chat with a Counselor.