See also Difficult conversations.
Taking a spiritual history
- do you consider yourself religious or spiritually minded?
- where do you get inner strength from?
[Larry Culliford podcast]
All staff play a role in spiritual care. Definition – “Allow people to explore their innermost feelings and ask the most difficult questions about suffering, illness and death”. Aim to help those in need find peace of mind.
Many levels – speaking with dignity and respect, training in bereavement, specialist spiritual care provided by department of spiritual care and wellbeing. Spiritual care volunteers also available.
[NHSL spiritual care guidelines]
[Scottish government guidance CEL 2008.]
Staff care also important eg reflective practice, mindfulness, Schwartz rounds etc.