Spiritual Health Services
Spiritual Health Care is care of individuals, focusing on personal beliefs, core values, significant relationships, meanings, and behaviours around which we understand our lived experience. Spirituality refers to that part in each of us which seeks to find meaning and purpose in our lives. Spiritual expression can take many forms: interpersonal relationships, ties to community, artistic creation, religious beliefs and practice, connection to nature, and more.
At QHC, we recognize that health care involves the whole person - mind, body and spirit. In times of illness, trauma and loss, people often require more than physical care to help them manage and adjust. Many find their spirituality helps them maintain health and provides support in the midst of life transitions.
Spiritual Care Practitioners, often identified as Chaplains, are part of the healthcare team providing care to patients and families at QHC, as well as to staff.
Spiritual Health Services Include:
- Visitation by referral or request
- An opportunity to explore the spiritual significance and meaning of illness, suffering and life transitions
- An opportunity to express feelings and concerns
- Encouragement and solace
- Support for end of life issues
- Grief and loss care
- Opportunities for prayer, meditation, reflection and rituals
- Multi-faith availability - to assist patients in making contact with their own faith background
Some people ask (click here to link to more information)
Spiritual Health Care resources are available at each QHC hospital
Each hospital has a designated Chaplain who provides and/or coordinates requests for spiritual care in partnership with several community Spiritual Care Practitioners and volunteers.
Spiritual Care is available 24 hours a day. Please ask a nurse in any of our patient care areas to request Spiritual Care. Staff members may contact Switchboard and ask them to page the Spiritual Care Practitioner on duty.
- QHC Belleville General Hospital
- QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital
- QHC Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital
- QHC North Hastings Hospital
QHC recognizes traditional use of sacred medicine plants in a prayer offering, smudge, or pipe ceremonies as being integral to a spiritual and cultural way of life. QHC will facilitate these requests from patients and family with regard for safety. All QHC hospitals will have at least one designated safe area where smudging/burnings can be performed.
Please see the attached Smudging Process policy PDF for more information.