Providing spiritual and pastoral care for you, as a patient, and your loved ones is an important part of our role in looking after you and those who are close to you.
It is important to us that we know about your individual values and beliefs so that we may, wherever possible, respect your wishes in the day to day care we offer you.
Caring for your spirit means ensuring that we offer you the support you need to help you make sense of what is happening to you.
“Spirit” or “Spirituality” encompasses the beliefs and values that make you the individual person you are. These beliefs and values give your life meaning and significance. This is the essence of who you are and what makes you tick – your inner identity.
Your spiritual beliefs could include:
- Your relationships with family and friends, the giving and receiving of love
- Your philosophy or meaning of life
- Your love of nature and the world around you
- Your cultural beliefs
- Your relationship with “God” or a “higher power”
- The organised faith you belong to which may be expressed as belonging to a particular religion or faith group.
Spiritual care is offered in the following ways:
- We will listen to and respect what is important to you
- We will help you discover what gives meaning to you as a person
- We will discuss the issues and concerns that are important to you
- We will liaise with the Hospice Chaplain, who is specially trained in aspects of spiritual care and who can support you in a number of ways. This could be as you face the impact of your illness upon your family, or your self-worth, or value. It could be as you explore your faith and beliefs and how your illness may be challenging these. Or you may want to talk about your own mortality and to have support as you think about what happens next.