Pastoral Care

When your child is sick, your world is turned upside down. But you don’t have to travel this journey alone — our pastoral care team is always here for you to provide strength and support when you need it the most.

We can help you:
  • cope with the stress of an illness
    or hospitalization
  • discuss difficult decisions
  • deal with bad news
  • ease the loneliness and isolation of a hospital stay
  • offer religious rituals (sacraments, scriptures, and prayers)
  • contact a clergy in your own
    religious tradition

Please feel free to call us for spiritual and emotional care for you, your child, or your family. We’ll meet you in the chapel, your child’s hospital room, or wherever you feel most comfortable.

About Our Chapel

Located on the first floor, near the gift shop and cafeteria
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Our non-denominational Jessie Ball duPont Memorial Chapel is a sacred place for respite, prayer, quiet meditation, and reflection for people of all faiths. While you’re here, you can read the Bible and other sacred texts from a variety of faith traditions. We can also provide other devotional literature upon request.


Worship Services

Join us for one of our regularly scheduled worship services in the chapel.

  • Roman Catholic Mass

    Thursdays at 12:15 p.m.

  • Dhuhur Prayer

    1:30 p.m. each day

  • Eucharist available most Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Words of Comfort

Our pastoral care team has collected some prayers, quotes, and inspirational passages to keep with you to provide comfort during this stressful time.

Printable Words of Comfort (PDF) »

Meet Our Team

Pastoral care services are provided by a dedicated staff of chaplains, volunteers, and interns who are trained in counseling and religious disciplines. We serve all families of all faiths, providing non-denominational support or care guided by your specific religion. We honor your beliefs — and we’ll never impose different values onto you or your family.

Al Carden, D.Min, APC, AAPC, CPSP

Director of Pastoral Care
(302) 651-5413
alan.carden@nemours.org

Contact Us

Al Carden, D.Min, APC, AAPC, CPSP

Director of Pastoral Care
(302) 651-5413
alan.carden@nemours.org

Pastoral Care Services

Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children
24 hours a day, 7 days a week