Spiritual care can help with the questions faced by many patients and their families or whānau.
Spiritual care at Mary Potter Hospice is primarily concerned with ‘being there’ in the broadest possible sense for patients, families, friends and staff. It is about sharing the moment, whatever that moment dictates.
Spiritual care has always been integral to Mary Potter Hospice. It acknowledges and nurtures the uniqueness of each person and recognises that, by being human, everyone has a spiritual dimension. Religion is one aspect of spirituality – other forms might include a love of nature, music, or family – anything that helps people make sense of their lives. The Hospice does not impose any agenda, religion or belief system on patients.
It is available to all people regardless of their beliefs. Sometimes, a patient might like a Spiritual Carer to pray with them, to support them through a time of distress, or simply sit with them. At other times, the involvement of spiritual care may be more formal, such as giving communion or a blessing.
Other rituals include blessing a room after death, taking memorial services, and conducting baptisms or even weddings.