Catholic health care is committed to care of the whole person – body, mind and spirit. The care offered in our hospital and hospices is not limited to the treatment of a bodily ailment but embraces the physical, psychological, social and spiritual dimensions of the human person.
Spirituality is our search for wholeness and our need to make sense of our lives. Every person has a spiritual dimension; unique beliefs about how the world is ordered, the meaning of living and a connection with the universe. The significance of spiritual care is different from person to person. For some, spirituality takes the form of organized religion; for others, it does not.
Our human spiritual dimension is a major healing force; it can make the difference between life and death, wellness and illness. When illness, loss, grief, or pain strike a person, one’s energy is often depleted, and the spirit is affected, often producing spiritual needs and concerns. Examples of spiritual needs include hope, meaning making, purpose in life, a sense of community, and forgiveness.
Our Corporate Objects include that we ensure that there is an active and committed pastoral care service that effectively meets the needs of patients of all religious convictions in the Hospitals. In particular, to ensure that the sacramental needs of members of the Roman Catholic faith community must always be especially provided for.
Spiritual care support is interwoven into everything we do within our hospital and hospices and seeks to support those we serve. Spiritual Care Professionals are healthcare providers who help people:
- Rediscover meaning in times of illness and loss
- Through mindful and empathetic listening
- By helping access inner sources of coping and resilience
- By facilitating connections between faith leaders and patients and their families
- By providing support at the end of life and after a loved one has died