The term spirituality means different things to different people. Sometimes it is confused with religion but spirituality is more broadly thought of as the search for meaning in one’s life. At times of uncertainty, such as receiving a diagnosis of cancer, this search can become more important.
Spiritual needs may include the problem of finding meaning and a sense of control in one’s life, forgiving others and finding forgiveness yourself, reflecting on the course of one’s life and accomplishments and towards the end of life finding a way to say goodbye to loved ones. It may simply be wondering why this has happened to you.
Your spiritual beliefs (which may include religious ones) can affect the decisions you make. These beliefs may be unique to your religion or simply your own belief system. You should feel able to discuss these needs with the healthcare professionals you encounter. They may be able to help or guide you to someone who is specially trained in this area.
Everyone is different. Some people find a sympathetic ear from someone who is not close to them is useful whilst others find talking too difficult and prefer to express their feeling through art, music, gardening, writing or other creative activities. For some people the church or religious building is important, for others the connection with nature brings them close to their spiritual selfAdapted from Lambeth and Southwark supportive care patient information
Hospital Chaplaincy Services in North Wales
Spiritual care is offered to patients, their families and Hospital staff because Health Services understand that a person’s attitude of mind and their feelings play an important role in the process of healing and caring.
Spiritual Care throughout the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board is provided by a team of Chaplains (whole-time, part-time and volunteers) representing the major faith communities. However, all staff who work for BCUHB should provide a level of spiritual support appropriate for their role. They may refer you to a service which is more appropriate for your needs, which may come from any of our emotional support services and not just chaplaincy.
Chaplains support patients, their carers and families and staff by providing:
- A listening ear and pastoral care in difficult times
- Religious care
- Contact with local Christian churches and the major Faith communities
- Help at times of bereavement
The Chaplaincy Team is committed to serving the wide variety of faith communities across North Wales.
How to Contact the Chaplaincy Service
Chaplains visit the hospitals regularly but are happy to be contacted by patients, family or hospital staff.
In an emergency, Gwynedd, Glan Clwyd and Wrexham Maelor Hospitals have an on call Chaplain available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Please phone the appropriate hospital switchboard who will contact the Chaplain for you:
Ysbyty Glan Clwyd
01745 583 910
01248 384 384
Ysbyty Wrexham Maelor
Some community Hospitals have their own chaplain whilst others will have visiting chaplains from the nearest acute hospital. If you would like the support of the chaplaincy service please ask.
All the hospices in North Wales have their own chaplaincy teams who can be contacted via the appropriate hospice.