The recognition that pastoral care is integral to healthcare is becoming more widely recognized and accepted. Health blogger Kay Stroud, from Australia, shares examples of its importance – and even healing power. Kay’s blog was first published on October 29, 2015 in the Sunshine Coast Daily.
In public and military hospitals, prisons, and hospices, when push comes to shove, there are not many who will rebuff a visit from the friendly Chaplain.
These caring individuals provide spiritual nourishment by listening to all our fears and anxieties, a willing confidante giving us the opportunity to discuss existential questions in a non-threatening environment and someone offering general or faith-specific comfort.
A visit from one of them can often bring hope and unexpected healing.
I found this so for my dad during his final few weeks spent in a local hospice, as he initiated discussions with his family, the nursing staff and the chaplain about spirituality and life after death as he’d never done before. He passed with newfound confidence and no fear.