Experts and the public agree that the best end-of-life care treats the whole person. It is at this time in our life when body, mind and spirit act as one.
There are many questions to be answered. Some people express disappointment or bitterness as they near death. Questions of "why me?” or "what will happen to my family?” or "what has my life meant?” must be addressed.
Physicians and other health care providers increasingly recognize that good care of dying people is as much about these spiritual questions as it is about the relief of pain and other symptoms.
Spirituality is an expression of how people relate to the larger whole – something greater than themselves – and how they find meaning in the midst of their suffering. A person’s purpose and meaning in life can be expressed in different ways – through specific religious traditions, a deep regard for nature, connections to family, art and music or in some other way that is uniquely personal. In fact, seriously ill patients and bereaved family members have rated attention to spirituality among their most important concerns at the end of life.
People from different backgrounds often have different beliefs about important issues. The challenges and dilemmas that surround serious illness and death are no exception. St. Joseph’s specially trained staff and volunteers will respond to the unique needs of all cultures, races, ages and religions. Through the experiences of our past, we are confident St. Joseph’s Lifecare Centre and Stedman Community Hospice will enhance the quality of life for area residents living with chronic illness or a terminal disease.