Diversity in Spiritual Care
Submitted by Beth Burton (Sawatsky), Director, Spiritual Health and Pastoral Care
“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” -- Maya Angelou
Every day, several thousand people in our care walk through the doors of Providence Health Care facilities. Some are entering the spaces where they live as residents in Long Term Care; some are rushing here in an ambulance in an emergency. Others are here for scheduled surgeries, tests, to give birth to a new baby, or even to settle into the final journey of their lives.
Every day, with all these guests and their loved ones coming to Providence, there are potentially thousands of stories as they enter our doors. If we are fortunate, these stories are sometimes shared with us. If we are wise, we will have ears to hear them when they are offered.
This month, Spiritual Health Week, is being celebrated across Canada, with this year’s theme being “Diversity in Spiritual Care”. Diversity in Spiritual Care at PHC is vibrant, creative and inclusive, with a focus on resident- and patient-centered care. PHC celebrates diversity in a variety of services and programs; including Buddhist, Sikh and Hindu groups, Hymn songs, Roman Catholic Masses, space for Islamic prayers, and collaboration with our Indigenous Health Partners.
Diversity is what our founding sisters believed in when they opened their doors to everyone in need, without exception. This approach, rooted in open hospitality, reflects the very heart of PHC’s compassion, social justice and value-based system. It is beautiful and strong. It reflects “a deep respect for the values and dignity of every human.”
Spiritual Health Week reminds us to listen to our patients and residents’ stories. Doing so, we support, and cherish the unique values of every person who enter Providence Health Care.
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