Spiritual & pastoral care
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience” – Teilhard de Chardin.
Whether a patient or a visitor, whether you identify with a particular faith or not, coming to the hospice can be a time when matters of a spiritual nature are especially important. There may be feelings that are hard to put into words, questions about meaning and purpose or more specific religious matters.
North London Hospice views spiritual care as a significant part of the service we offer to patients and families. We value and promote an ethos of respect for difference on all levels and we are proud of our identity as the UK’s first purpose built, multi-faith hospice. This is reflected in our multi-faith chaplaincy team.
What is spiritual care?
Spiritual care is one of the four pillars of modern hospice care:
- Physical – relieve pain and physical suffering
- Emotional – help with anxiety and depression
- Spiritual – bringing peace and placing importance on meaning/value of life
- Social – helping mend relationships at the end of life
Spiritual care is about creating a human connection, and an openness with the other person, which communicates a desire to understand.
An individual’s spiritual and religious needs can be about exploring sources of hope and strength, engaging with love, family, friendship, being inspired by the outdoors, music or art. It may involve addressing the needs of people in their search for meaning or helping to make sense of their lives, especially as people face their own mortality.
For many it is about the support of a faith community, practising personal beliefs or religious ritual:
- Access to sacraments
We are recruiting a part time spiritual care coordinator who will work closely with our diverse local community groups and faith leaders and coordinate support for the people who access our clinical services.
If you would like to speak with someone or access a local faith group, please ask a member of our clinical team to refer you to our Patient and Family Support Service.