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Spiritual, cultural and religious services

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A cancer diagnosis may lead you to start thinking and asking questions about what is most important in life and what makes life meaningful. For some people, this means connecting with one’s faith community. For others, it may mean exploring spirituality. The following list will help guide your search for information.

Support services

Spiritual & Religious Care (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
Telephone: 416.480.4421
Free spiritual care to patients, families, and caregivers, of all faith backgrounds as well as those with no religious affiliation. Available at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For emergencies, please ask staff to page Spiritual Care.

Spiritual Health (Canadian Virtual Hospice)
Information on spirituality and life-threatening illness, finding a spiritual companion, finding meaning and purpose during a health crisis, rituals for patients and families, and much more.

Canadian Cancer Society
Telephone: 1.888.939.3333
Information about spirituality, how it can be expressed, and how to speak to someone about spiritual issues.

St. Paul's L'Amoreaux Centre (St. Paul's Community Services and Housing)
Telephone: 416.493.3333
Location: 3333 Finch Ave. E.
Support groups for older adults and caregivers. Groups include a cancer support group, caregiver support group, spiritual support group, and resident support group.

Muslim Cancer Support Group (Islamic Foundation of Toronto)
Telephone: 416.321.0909
Location: 441 Nugget Avenue
Offering support, community involvement, monthly support meetings and an annual awareness forum.

L'Chaim Cancer Support Group (National Council of Jewish Women of Toronto)
Telephone: 416.630.0203
(Scroll down → L'Chaim Cancer Support Group)
Location: 4700 Bathurst Street
Confidential peer support and other programs for Jewish women undergoing cancer treatment.

Iranian/Persian Cancer Support Group
Telephone: 416.277.7777
Support and information for Farsi-speaking cancer patients and their caregivers.

Indigenous Patient Navigator
Telephone: 416.864.6060 ext. 2422 or 647.309.1794
Free support and advocacy for the First Nations, Inuit and/or Metis community who are at Odette Cancer Centre. Navigators will address cultural and spiritual needs and make the cancer journey a culturally safe experience.
Learn more about the Indigenous Patient Navigator »

2 Spirits
Telephone: 416.944.9300
Location: Toronto
For people who identify as two-spirited. Services include social, cultural and recreational activities, counselling, support programs, and more.

Chinese Cancer Support Group (South Riverdale Community Health Centre)
Telephone: 416.461.1925, ext. 248
(click on Support Groups → Chinese Cancer Support Group)
An educational program that offers guidance and mutual support to Chinese cancer patients and their families. A Chinese-speaking outreach worker leads the group.

Yee Hong
Telephone: 416.321.6333
Location(s): Toronto, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill and Mississauga.
Support and education for the Chinese speaking community.


You can borrow these books from the Odette Cancer Centre / Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.

Please visit the PEARL Library (T-wing, 1st floor, by main reception) or call 416.480.4534 for more information.

  • The Healing Journey, 2000
  • Learn to Live through Cancer: What You Need to Know and Do, 2011

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Spiritual and Religious Care (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre)
Quiet spaces on the Sunnybrook campus are available for prayer, reflection, mediation, reading and worship.

  • Veterans Chapel or Main Chapel (with Blessed Sacrament Chapel) (E-wing, ground floor)
  • Synagogue/Jewish Chapel (ECG-06)
  • Muslim Prayer Room (with Women's Prayer Section) (ECG-05)
  • Outdoor green spaces (H-wing, ground floor)

The spiritual care team can also offer other services within the community. Please call 416.480.4421 (non-urgent) for more information.

While this information may be useful, it is intended for educational purposes only. Please continue to ask your health care team if you have questions or concerns. For any other inquiries, please contact us at


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