Spiritual Care Services believe in witnessing the compassionate love of the Creator to all persons. Mission & Spiritual Care is a ministry of care for the whole person, recognizing that emotional, social and spiritual needs all contribute to and are part of well being. Spiritual Care staff offer emotional and spiritual support to individuals with developmental disabilities, their families and staff with respect for each individual’s beliefs, traditions and practices. While St.Amant’s tradition is rooted in the Roman Catholic expression of spirituality, we approach each person within a set of values that cross cultural and religious traditions and endure across time.
Spirituality is not the same as religion. While religion may be a part of an individual’s spirituality; spirituality includes all of the personal search for meaning and purpose in one’s life and one’s connection to the universe of which we are a part. St.Amant recognizes that people with developmental disabilities have diverse ethnic and cultural traditions and endeavours to provide opportunities for spiritual expression, which are appropriate for nurturing each individual’s unique spiritual journey. When appropriate, Spiritual Care Services will reach out to leaders from all faith backgrounds to meet the needs of the individuals we support, families, staff or volunteers.
H: Sources of hope, meaning, comfort, strength, peace, love and connection
O: Organized religion
P: Personal spirituality and practices
E: Effects of ongoing health care decisions and end-of life issues
-Taken from Spiritual Supports by: Erik Carter
St.Amant Spiritual Care Services is a team of two trained Spiritual Care Providers assisted by volunteers. Our role is to offer emotional and spiritual support to individuals, their families, staff and volunteers with respect for each individual’s beliefs, traditions and practices. This may include:
- Providing spiritual care, counsel and education
- Assessing spiritual needs and concerns
- Contacting faith community representatives when requested
- Integrating spirituality into an individual’s home setting
- Supporting those facing crisis situations
- Assisting in decision-making
- Exploring possibilities for reconciliation
- Leading support groups
- Facilitating a transition process
- Accompaniment through grief process
Spiritual Care staff and volunteers plan and facilitate various prayer/reflection groups, and will also arrange individual meeting times to assist people supported by St.Amant programs and services with questions or concerns related to spirituality.
St.Amant maintains a Chapel which is open to individuals, families, staff and volunteers on a 24 hours basis. Mass is celebrated in the Chapel on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. The Chapel represents the spiritual heart of St.Amant and is open to all as a space for quiet reflection or prayer.
Children and adults from all St.Amant programs and services may request to see a Spiritual Care provider. Requests can be made in person, through the Switchboard Reception staff or by a member of the care team.