Spiritual Care

Spiritual Room Mural, by Jenny Duda

“For life and death are one, even as the river and sea are one.” – Kahlil Gibran
Inspired by the quote above and her mother who wakes every morning and says thanks for the day, local artist Jenny Duda has created a beautiful mural of a tree transitioning through seasons that is reminiscent of the scenery in Northumberland Hills. Throughout the mural are depictions of plants and wildlife, including monarch butterflies, a cardinal and four deer, representing the North, South, East and West.

Spiritual Room Stained Glass, by artist and former resident of Colborne, Linda Whaley

Ed’s House Northumberland Hospice Care Centre has some beautiful stained glass pieces thanks to renowned stained glass artist and former resident of Colborne Linda Whaley. The stained glass work shown here is featured in the spiritual room.

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.