Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources - Spiritual Care Services
Spirituality broadly defined is whatever gives a person's life meaning, value and purpose. Spirituality is about acceptance, integration, and wholeness. From a profound connection to nature, personal relationships, or a specific faith tradition, there are many expressions of spirituality.
Deeply personal questions arise when people are faced with life challenging crises created by a diagnosis of cancer. Using a patient-focused model of care and making no assumptions about personal conviction, life orientation, or religious beliefs, spiritual care specialists provide patients and their family members with support services that are sensitve to cultural, spiritual and religious diversity.
Patients who would benefit from this service may be:
- in distress or wanting one-on-one or family support;
- struggling with meaning in life and death;
- wrestling with experiences of loss, self-worth, hospitalization or isolation;
- seeking support in ethical decision making;
- desiring prayer or religious rites;
- wishing to explore their understanding of the Divine/God;
- coming to terms with bad news or with a future which has become more uncertain.
- one-on-one confidential spiritual counselling;
- liaison with community religious and spiritual leaders;
- liaison with Aboriginal spiritual leaders;
- prayers, rites and sacraments;
- care involving dealing with difficult situations or issues of life and death;
- spiritual support for patients and their family members;
- opportunities for reflection upon life and health issues in the context of one's own personal belief system;
- open conversation in the event of an ethical concern or dilemma.
A multi-faith Prayer Centre is located on the first floor of the Cross Cancer Centre by the gift shop and provides a quiet sacred environment for meditation, prayer and reflection.
Cross Cancer Institute
11560 University Avenue
Washrooms are wheelchair accessible. Handicapped parking stalls. Ramps are available to access the hospital and there is designated parking around the parameter for appropriately designated handicapped vehicles.
Edmonton Transit Service (ETS) buses stop at U of A Transit Centre in front of HUB Mall. Phone 780-496-1611 for service schedule. Transit maps are available at the front reception desk or visit the ETS website http://www.edmonton.ca
This service is not available to everyone. Call for more information.