The week of October 21-27, 2018 represents 33 years of celebrating Spiritual Care Week.
Spiritual Care Week is a time of both celebration and education. Organizations and institutions throughout the world will recognize the spiritual care providers and the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities. The theme, “Hospitality: Cultivating Time” offers a rich opportunity to develop relationships and extend hospitality to those who extend spiritual care, to those who collaborate with spiritual care providers and to those who are the recipients of spiritual care.
Spiritual care has a wonderful history of cultures and religions that build communities’ sense of support and meaning. This year’s theme continues the emphasis on hospitality with a focus on cultivating time. The welcoming and belonging associated with hospitality require time that is treated as precious in developing relationships.
This nurturing of connections requires an attitude of listening and appreciation. For those involved in the task-oriented dimensions of health and support, there is a temptation to achieve the quantitative dimensions of the profession and miss the depth of relationships that requires time. Time the allows the cared-for to express the real problem, the deeper implications and the meaning or despair that is felt at a soulful level.
Cultivating and nurturing time is a challenge in an age of instantaneous communication and multiple sources of connection. Human presence flows back and forth – it takes time for mutuality and trust to develop. Cultivating time conveys to the recipient a treasuring of them as a person no matter what they are going through. We hope that this year you might appreciate even more the time taken in spiritual care which conveys preciousness and healing at every stage of life.
Heart ‘n Home would like to give a special thanks to our Spiritual Care Providers for the pivotal work they do each day for our patients and their families. To learn more contact us at 1-800-HOSPICE (800-467-7423).