Spiritual care is everyone’s business!
Spirituality is intrinsic to being human. For many people, the idea of spirituality immediately makes them think of religion. But spirituality is a bigger concept than religion.
You can think of it as an ‘umbrella’ term and that religion is just one of the ideas that sits underneath it.
Indeed, at Meaningful Ageing Australia, we believe that spirituality can be best explained by thinking about five domains of connectedness:
- Connection with self
- Connection with others
- Connection with creativity
- Connection with nature
- Connection with something bigger – which might include religion and faith (but doesn’t have to).
When you approach spirituality from this perspective, it becomes easier to identify where we feel the most like ourselves; how we fill our cup; how we rest and recover; where we most belong.
We might have connections in all five domains – some strong connections, others at risk of disconnection – or perhaps just two domains, or mainly only one.
But this information, when we have it about ourselves, or someone we care for, can help to guide spiritual care.
Spiritual care is the kind of care and activity that supports an individual’s spirituality.
Spiritual care is often associated with support during times of crisis, ill health, loss and grief, and palliative care – and it has much to offer in these areas. However, it is equally important in bringing meaning, purpose, hope and wholeness to assist a person to flourish, grow, and fully be who they are in their final journey of ageing.
In this way, spiritual care reinforces the concept that spirituality is part of everyday living! Now you know why spiritual care is indeed everyone’s business, here are some ways to learn more and stay engaged with our work:
Make sure to sign up to receive our monthly newsletter to stay connected and hear about topics you are interested in and free webinars that you might like to attend.
Stay up to date with our calendar of learning events. This includes workshops (hosted via Zoom) that we host for the public on topics such as how to handle a dementia diagnosis and handling the transitions (expected and unexpected) that come with the entry to older age. These workshops are a great idea for community events in retirement living
Map of Meaning: a self reflection guide
Immerse yourself in Map of Meaning: a self reflection guide to reflect and reacquaint yourself with what’s most important to you. You can do this alone, with friends or family, or with someone you care for.
See me. Know me.
Purchase a See me. Know me. sharing kit. Our See me. Know me. work is designed to help seniors feel more valued, to help them connect with family and friends, and ultimately to empower them to find aged care services that see them and know them as a whole person. Our sharing kits include conversation cards for seniors to use with your families and friends; thought-starters about ‘purpose’; and 10 important questions to ask aged care providers if you are looking for aged care.
these short animations
Watch and share these short animations that introduce the concept of spiritual care in aged care.
How you might support Meaningful Ageing?
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