Spirituality is a natural human quality that is unique and deeply personal for each person. At the heart of one’s spirituality is a sense of well-being and a connection to something larger than the physical world. For some spirituality is based in organized religion; for others spirituality is expressed through connection to nature, the arts, relationships, rituals, personal values and beliefs. One’s unique spirituality supports and enhances the journey through life.
About Spiritual Care
Spiritual care is neither prescriptive nor directive; it is compassionate presence to provide a “safe space” for difficult conversations, and for exploration of intrinsic values and psycho-social spiritual issues in a way that allows the individual to make meaning as they find their unique spiritual path. Spiritual care is part of an interdisciplinary approach through the entire hospice palliative care journey, from the point of diagnosis through bereavement. Spiritual care may provide transcendence, a sense of peace, appreciation and validation.
Spiritual care within a hospice context supports people facing distress and existential questions about faith, religion, spirituality, meaning and philosophy of life. When one’s foundational spirituality is shaken, questions and doubts may surface, life circumstances and relationships are considered, and what is important at this point in the life journey is explored.