Spiritual care

Spirituality is a natural human quality that is unique and deeply personal for each person. At the heart of one’s spirituality is a sense of meaning and purpose, hope and well-being, and a connection to something beyond the physical world. For some, spirituality is based in organized religion; for others spirituality is expressed through a connection to nature, the arts, relationships, meaningful work, personal values and beliefs. One’s unique spirituality supports and enhances the journey through life.

A time of illness or loss can raise many feelings such as disbelief, fear, anger, sadness, guilt, regrets, isolation and grief. Sometimes one’s foundational spirituality is shaken, questions and doubts about meaning come up, life circumstances and relationships are considered, ethical/moral dilemmas arise, what is important at this point in the life journey is explored. Common questions may include “Why is this happening to me?” “Why is God punishing me?” “How will I be remembered?”

Spiritual care is concerned with the psychosocial spiritual parts of life and takes a multi-faith approach with a deep respect for diversity.

At Heart House Hospice, spiritual care professionals offer a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings with the assurance of confidentiality. They are present with individuals and families in a way that invites the client to find his/her own spiritual path.

Spiritual care services include:

  • Compassionate, respectful listening presence from spiritual care professionals and/or a specially trained Spiritual Care Volunteer.
  • A space to explore questions of spirituality, religion, meaning and personal faith.
  • Prayer, meditation and other healing rituals.
  • Connection with faith leaders in the community.
  • Celebrations of life or funeral planning and/or delivery.

Referrals to spiritual care may be made through Hospice Counselors or directly to Spiritual Care professionals.

Spiritual Care Professionals at HHH include:

Peggy Moore, MPS, RP
Coordinator of Bereavement and Spiritual Care
mmoore@hearthousehospice.com
905-712-8119 ext. 243

Alexandra Horsky, MDiv, RP
Bereavement Counsellor
ahorsky@hearthousehospice.com
905-712-8119 ext. 247

Steven Janzen, MDiv, RP
Psychosocial Spiritual Care Coordinator
sjanzen@bethellhospice.org
905-848-3534 ext. 3010

Louise Sallese, MDiv
Psychosocial Spiritual Care Coordinator
lsallese@bethellhospice.org
905-838-3534 ext. 3010