Spiritual Care: Breast Assessment - a new view of Spiritual Care

Spirituality is our search for wholeness and our need to make sense of our lives. So how does one find meaning and hope in the midst of life changing events? What kind of support can be provided to alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with the breast assessment process? How does one find peace of mind when it feels like one's life has been turned upside down? These are but a few of the challenges facing the spiritual care team as it journeys into the realms of breast assessment by way of a pilot project initiated at St. Joseph's hospital in May 2002.

Spiritual care focuses on the following objectives…

  • To promote personal growth and inner healing when confronted by marked changes
  • To increase self-awareness in the midst of a changing lifestyle
  • To provide women and family members with an opportunity to share their life story and the impact of their illness in a meaningful and spiritual context
  • To promote self-expression and a sense of wholeness, addressing the connection of body, mind, emotion and spirit
  • To stimulate and empower women in their feelings of value and self worth

Spiritual care is provided through…

  • Liaison with health care workers involved in the client's care
  • A caring inquiry 'how are you doing today?' as women wait in the corridor
  • Telephone conversations
  • Spiritual/emotional support for both in-patients and day patients

The spiritual care component, still in its early stages, will continue to evolve and develop as the breast assessment program grows. For further information, contact 519 646-6100 ext. 65329

Last updated: Wed, 2014-12-03 15:05