Cancer Treatment

Spiritual Support

Spirituality can be an integral part of life and the cancer treatment process. Research has suggested an interconnected nature between spirituality and healing.

Foundational aspects of spirituality include prayer, a sense of meaning in life, reading and contemplation, a sense of closeness to a higher being, interactions with others, and other experiences that reflect spiritual interaction or awareness. Recent studies by researchers found a striking correlation between good spiritual health and good physical health. Additionally, spirituality has been related to low fear of death, low discomfort, decreased loneliness and emotional adjustment among cancer patients.

Here are some examples of spiritual support programs and services that may be available to you:

  • Individual and group prayer
  • Prayer chains facilitated by hospital staff
  • Counseling by a faith representative of your choice
  • Weekly interfaith worship and communion services
  • Patient growth and support groups that focus on healing, faith and life
  • Pastoral comfort and support
  • Assistance with the development of advanced directives and/or living wills
  • Family consultations
  • Grief and bereavement counseling and referral
  • Taped ministry
  • Support with end-of-life issues and decisions
  • Interface and communication with your local pastor and church
  • Baptisms and other sacraments
  • Telephone consultations with patients / family members

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