It is a personal journey to finding purpose, meaning and happiness. It may be through practicing religion, taking part in cultural activities, or through other non-faith based mediums, or it could be a combination of all. The important thing is that it matters to you. Your spiritual needs are as important as your mental, emotional, and physical health.
What made you get up this morning? What matters to you? Who are you, really?
A spiritual journey can go through several changes and develop over time
At Birmingham St. Mary’s hospice, we seek to care for a person’s individual needs. Our highly motivated spiritual care team comprises trained staff and volunteers of various backgrounds. As a team we focus on providing emotional and spiritual support to our patients and their families/carers of every faith and belief, as well as to those of no religious belief. We find out what is most important to them. We also have network links with various faith and beliefs representatives locally, whom we can call upon if there is a specific need or request. Our aim is to offer holistic care to each individual and support them in their journey in whatever ways are meaningful to them.
You are not alone, we are here for you – to listen to you, and to be with you.
There are two things that are certain, one that we are born and the other is death. In between all is uncertain or unknown. To deal with uncertainty and the unknown can be very challenging. Sometimes we are afraid of getting it wrong and sometimes we are just afraid of not knowing.
When we go through any major life events it is natural for us to question everything including our spirituality. You may have spent most of your life saying to yourself ‘I can do this’, ‘I am okay’. Then you find yourself in a position where you feel you can no longer say these phrases. It can be overwhelming. We understand that you may have some difficult questions such as:
Why me? What will happen to me? Where will this take me? Who am I? How am I supposed to carry on?
You may doubt yourself, or question your beliefs. This can be incredibly difficult.
Difficult as it may be, there are things that you can do to help yourself. Here are some that you may want to consider:
- Talk or seek support
- Create a gratitude journal
- Eat and drink well
- Act of kindness
- Mindful exercise such as grounding
- Peruse new/old hobby
- Practising and worshipping according to your faith traditions
- Cultivate compassion
The peace room is available for you and your family. It can be a place for prayers, reflection, mediation, and tranquillity. Feel free to read books, literature or write a message on the cards provided. In this room, we have various resources from different faiths and beliefs for you to use if needed.
There is a wudu room for those who wish to use for ablution before prayers.
The book of remembrance is also kept in the Peace Room.
Every year we invite relatives and carers to a ‘Time of Remembrance Service’, which is held quarterly, in our Hospice, on a Saturday afternoon. This is a service to remember, thank and reflect on the life of your loved ones. It is an opportunity to gather with others. The service can be a time to seek comfort, peace and new hope.
The Spiritual Care Team
We have a team of trained staff and volunteers who are ready to listen to your story without any judgement.
- Spiritual Care Coordinator
- Roman Catholic Chaplain
- Volunteers from different backgrounds
Contact the Spiritual Care Team
If you would like to see someone from the Spiritual Care Team, please ask one of the nursing or reception staff to get in touch with us, or you can contact our Family and Carer Support Team on 0121 752 8748.
- The Church of England: Guidance on planning funerals – https://www.churchofengland.org/life-events/funerals
- Catholic Medical Association (UK) – http://www.catholicmedicalassociation.org.uk
- The Catholic Church – https://www.cbcew.org.uk
- Cruse Bereavement Care: Support, advice and information to children, young people and adults when someone dies – https://www.cruse.org.uk
- Dying Matters: Raising awareness of dying, death and bereavement – https://www.dyingmatters.org
- Ethnicity online: Cultural Awareness in Healthcare – http://www.ethnicityonline.net
- Free Buddhist Audios – https://www.freebuddhistaudio.com
- Interfaith Calendar: Primary sacred times for world religions – http://www.interfaith-calendar.org
- Mindfulness West Midlands: Mindfulness and Meditation in the Tradition of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh – https://mindfulnesswm.com
- The Archdiocese of Birmingham – https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk
- The Church of England Birmingham – https://www.cofebirmingham.com
- Sikh Healthcare Chaplaincy UK: Guidance on issues concerning the care of Sikh patients – http://www.sikhchaplaincy.org.uk
- Hindu Forum of Britain – http://www.hfb.org.uk
- BBC: Religious beliefs, rites and rituals and celebrations – https://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/
- The British Board of Scholars & Imams – http://www.bbsi.org.uk
- The Muslim Council of Britain – https://mcb.org.uk
- Bahai UK: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom – https://www.bahai.org.uk
- Humanist UK – https://humanism.org.uk
- The Pagan Federation – https://www.paganfed.org
- Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Trust: Free Download ‘Handbook Spiritual Care in Mental Illness, for personal or research purposes – https://www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/service-user-information/spiritual-care/
- The Nishkam Centre: Charitable Organisation based on Sikh values and principles – http://www.ncauk.org
- Midland Langar Seva Society: Charity that helps those in need around the UK – https://www.midlandlangarseva.org
If you have any questions at all or would like to find out more, you can contact our Family and Carer Support Team on 0121 752 8748.