October 20-26 celebrating Spiritual Care Week across the nation
“The theme for Spiritual Care Week in 2018 is “Hospitality – Cultivating Space“.
Spiritual Care has been an important part of our society’s well-being since humanity sought meaning and connection in its life together. Religions and communities have valued its supportive influence. Hospitality as welcome and nurture requires space for people to feel free and accepted. As cultivation requires ground with which to work, the holy ground of creation is a wonderful starting point. This year’s theme might have some thinking of Community Gardens – a shared space where communities grow together as they grow together. Spiritual care takes seriously the meaningful nature of the space in which we live – its physical realities and its metaphorical meaning. Thus there is value in providing space where one can feel safe and sheltered, space that allows dignity and creativity and spaces where reflection and worship enrich well-being and humanity.
The offering of space can involve silence. A person can find silence in one’s space and likewise one can create space in silence. Cultivating space can be an opportunity to create something where there was once nothingness. What a person does with his or her space is personal be it reflective or shared. When space is cultivated, it is dug out, set aside, nurtured for a purpose. If someone allows you into that space it is an invitation where silence can speak and meaning can be fostered. May this year’s focus bless you with space to offer care-ful spirituality.
Read more about our spiritual care hospice professionals, how they cultivate time, and when a patient and family visit makes sense:
Harbor Hospice chaplains and spiritual counselors:
- Provide spiritual support and counsel to patients and families through presence, prayer, communion, scripture reading, and building relationships.
- Can connect patients with spiritual leaders in their community.
- Bring a strong ethical compass to end-of-life care.