Pastoral Services at Children's Hospital Oakland
We know that our patients and families may need spiritual consolation during their stay. UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland is not affiliated with any religious institution, but non-denominational pastoral care and spiritual counseling is available to all patients and families requesting this care, no matter their faith,
Pastoral care may include responding to crises, assisting persons in the resolution of ethical questions regarding patient care, contacting pastors, priests, rabbis, or other religious representatives as requested, and providing ongoing spiritual support. We offer follow-up care and grief counseling in the event of the death of a child, individual counseling, and other services according to your need. No referral is necessary, and we're always available to talk with you about your needs—it's part of our commitment to the emotional, mental, and physical health for your child and for your whole family.
Meet Our Team
As Children’s Chaplain of Pastoral Services, Sister Bernice Gotelli has provided spiritual counseling to all patients and families requesting this care at Children’s, no matter their faith. Sister Bernice is a valued member of our healthcare team and available day and night to provide non-denminational counsling, religious resources, and to assist in keeping religious practices and observances.
Through the years, Sister Bernice has continued to grow her knowledge and wisdom through in-service courses. She supervises students from the Graduate Theological Union’s pastoral care field program.
If you need a quiet, meditative space, or are looking for an opportunity to worship, in the main hospital, the meditation room is located on the second floor, near the Family Resource Center.
You may ask any staff member for help, or contact:
Sister Bernice Gotelli, PBVM
Phone: (510) 428-3885, Ext. 2676