Spiritual Care

 

Spirituality is as individual as a fingerprint. We all have our own needs, desires and wants when it comes our personal experiences with beliefs around life and death. Being diagnosed with a terminal illness often causes people to think about death, loss, grief, and the meaning of life in ways not contemplated before. 

Spiritual practice, including religion, may become more important to someone as they approach the end of their life. These needs are connected to physical, emotional and social needs. Some studies have suggested that spiritual well-being may even affect suffering at the end of life.  Spiritual care therefore is very important when caring for someone with a terminal illness.

Common Misconceptions About Spiritual Care

“What if I’m not a religious person?”

 You do not need to be religious to benefit from spiritual care. Spirituality is about finding meaning, value, and connection, especially during times of difficulty.

“Will you try to convert me?”

No. The Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association is a non-denominational organization. We respect your spiritual and religious beliefs. We are not here to change anyone.

“Is spiritual care only for someone who is dying?”

No. Spiritual care is for everyone seeking personal growth or coping with change, illness, or loss.

“Is spiritual care available for healthcare employees?”

Yes. Spiritual care is available for all patients, families AND staff.

 

When to Ask for Spiritual Care

 

Religious or spiritual services and rituals can be arranged at the request of patients, family members or staff. 

Services you can ask for is

  • In response to a request from a patient, family member, or friend

  • When faith, spirituality, meaning-making, or all of these together is obviously important

  • When a patient, loved one, or staff member seeks a religious or spiritual ritual

  • When a patient, their family members or everyone involved, is struggling with impending surgery, prognosis or diagnosis, death and dying, or significant loss

  • When a patient or their family’s spirit seems troubled

  • When the treatment team requires a religious or spiritual assessment of a patient

  • When a patient is separated from or has few visible supports

  • When a patient is close to death or has died

  • When staff seek support to identify internal or external resources when faced with workplace challenges

Who Do I Contact for Spiritual Care?

 

If you are looking for spiritual help in the Quesnel area, click on the logos or phone numbers below. For those spiritual advisers that do not have a web address, click on the phone number to call for assistance

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250-747-3116

Cariboo Gur Sikh Temple Society

431 Lewis Drive

250-992-5312

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Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

1490 Beryl Street

250-747-2422

 

Guru Darbar Society

400 Lewis Drive

250-992-3035

 

Lighthouse Pentecostal Church

288 Flamingo Avenue

250-992-1001

 

Maple Park Alliance Church

2075 Balsam Avenue

250-747-3248

 

Reformation House

365 Kinchant Street

778-414-2728

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Trinity Lutheran Church

375 Hartley Street

250-992-6112

 

St Andrews United

Church

218 Kinchant Street

250-992-2313

 

Making the Road Less Lonely

 

Quesnel & District Hospice Palliative Care Association

900 St Laurent Avenue

Quesnel, BC

V2J 3S3

Phone: 250-985-5816

Cell: 250-991-1244

Fax: 250-985-5506

email: qdhpca@gmail.com

Registered Canada Charity #119107753 RR0001

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