Spiritual care is important throughout our lives. In moments when we are having a hard time, we are not feeling well in health or we are burdened by loneliness and unclear relationships, we think about our life more than ever and look for answers to many questions.
In our home in Mělník, we would like to offer clients the option of more intensive spiritual support and welcome our own chaplain to the team. The clients are not always able to talk openly about their feelings and needs with the medical or nursing staff. A chaplain could provide our clients with the necessary space as part of pastoral care. He/she is a symbol of comfort and support, hope, the search for answers to a number of personal questions and topics that go beyond us. Reading from the Bible, praying together or just sharing can bring clients a much-needed sense of comfort, solidarity and respect for their own experience.
We believe that there will be a number of kind donors who will help us realize our idea and welcome Chaplain Senlife to our ranks soon!
Spiritual care belongs to the complex care of a person, as well as social, mental and health care. The chaplain is part of a multidisciplinary team. This is made up of social workers, medical staff, activation workers or the management of the home and the entire organization. Not only religious people have spiritual needs. The chaplain must be able to talk about spiritual or existential topics even with those who do not subscribe to any religious direction or specific faith. It helps people navigate through whatever topics are currently troubling them. But also happy. It then plays an invaluable role in palliative care.
"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you took me in, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came behind me." Then the righteous will answer him: "Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you as a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and we have come to you?" The king answered them, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least of these my brothers, you did for me." Matthew 25:35-40