Health and Spirituality

What is spirituality?
Spirituality is the way you find meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in your life. Many people find spirituality through religion. Some find it through music, art or a connection with nature. Others find it in their values and principles.

How is spirituality related to health?
No one really knows. However, it seems the body, mind and spirit are connected. The health of any one of those three seems to affect the health of the others.

Some research shows that positive beliefs, comfort and strength gained from meditation and prayer or from one's religion can contribute to healing and a sense of well-being. Improving your spiritual health may not cure an illness, but it may help you to feel better, to prevent certain illnesses and to cope with illness or death.

How can I improve my spiritual health?
Everyone is different, so do what is comfortable for you.

Dealing with Spiritual Distress
Spiritual distress affects all of us. Contact a chaplain when you or your child:

  1. Are struggling to make sense out of what is happening
  2. Need a prayer or a religious sacrament like anointing, baptism, or communion
  3. Feel isolated or lonely
  4. Learn that a new diagnosis or there is a significant change in care
  5. Are facing an ethical dilemma or decision
  6. Become aware that surgery is needed or imminent
  7. Are grieving a loss or death