What is spirituality?
- Spirituality is connected to who we are as persons while religion is a way to live out our spirituality through various practices, rituals and beliefs.
- Spirituality unites the physical, mental and emotional aspects of each of us, so that we can experience a greater sense of wholeness and wellness.
- Spirituality can offer a way for people to reflect on and live their life's meaning and value.
Spiritual care can be of help when you:
- Want someone to talk to
- Are experiencing feelings of loss or grief, loneliness, fear or discouragement
- Have special needs according to your own faith traditions
- Are waiting for surgery and test results or considering treatment options
- Need someone to pray with or wish to receive sacraments.
Spiritual and cultural caregivers:
- Provide a compassionate. listening presence in times of crisis.
- Respond to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients.
- Support families and patients in making difficult decisions.
- Meet the needs of traditional First Nation, Inuit and Metis people.
- Assist patients in obtaining comfort and support from within their own faith traditions.