Healthcare involves attending to the whole person. Our approach does not discount the needs of body, mind, emotions or spirit. We recognize that attention to spiritual wellness can help improve a patient’s overall health and quality of life.
What is Spiritual Care?
Not everyone sees or experiences spirituality in the same way, yet spirituality often becomes important in the hospital environment and throughout the continuum of care, even more so in times of distress, emotional stress, physical and mental illness, loss, bereavement and as life nears its end.
Spiritual care services range from basic spiritual care and support to more specialized, multi-faith pastoral and chaplaincy care. Support services include many types of offerings and accommodations including:
- Sacred spaces
- Interfaith rituals and ceremonies
- Faith-specific rituals and ceremonies
- Holiday services
- Healing arts programs
- Devotional materials
- Pet therapy
- Nutritional services
- Palliative care
- Support hot line
- Discharge planning
- Blessings and prayer requests
- Spiritual health resources
- Support groups
- Much more
Studies show that spiritual care can help the person heal physically and emotionally, rebuild relationships and regain a sense of peace, inner strength and well-being. Spiritual care addresses an individual’s most profound needs, which in some cases involve religious beliefs and practices, as he or she celebrates life and recovery and copes with illness, loss, grief, trauma and pain.
Among the places designated for individual and group devotion, meditation and worship are Renown’s Spiritual Center & Estelle J. Kelsey Interfaith Sanctuary, Fianna’s Healing Garden and the Dermody Children’s Healing Garden at Renown Regional Medical Center.
Spiritual Care Guiding Principles
To help frame the mission and scope of spiritual care at Renown, we affirm the inherent dignity and value of every individual. We welcome and respect all spiritual paths, which may or may not fall within traditional or popularly defined concepts of spirituality and religion. We recognize that the spectrum of what spirituality is to people is as varied and numbered as the population Renown serves. Comfort or healing of a spiritual nature can be the result of practices that might include:
- Attending church
- Enjoying the company of animals
To ensure the competency and fitness of the Spiritual Care team, we engage staff and volunteers in cultural, diversity and sensitivity training at the beginning of their service at Renown and throughout their stay through continuing education. Staff and volunteer chaplains and spiritual care workers, including those specializing in palliative care, are trained to develop appropriate skills in the delivery of spiritual care. Our staff chaplains receive CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education), which is multi-faith professional education intended to assist clergy and spiritual care workers in achieving their full potential for spiritual care provision to serve a diverse population of patients.