CHAPLAINCY for the 21 st Century NORTHGLASGOWNORTHGLASGOW Helen Bunce GRI
Chaplains A person who is appointed and recognised as part of the specialist spiritual care team within a health care setting. His or her job is to seek out and respond to those who are expressing spiritual and religious need by providing the appropriate care, or facilitating that care, through contacting, with the patients permission, the representative of choice
North Rev Anne Harper Lead Chaplain Sandra Bell Chaplain GRI Helen Bunce Chaplain GRI Stobhill Norma Livingstone Chaplain GRI
Specialist Areas – GRI & Stobhill Palliative Care Renal Medicine for the elderly Maternity Burns Unit Transplant Plastic Surgery
West Glasgow Rev Keith Saunders Lead Chaplain Western & Gartnavel Rev Anne Dougall Chaplain Gartnavel & Blawarthill
Sessional Chaplains Iain Beaton Stobhill Bill Ramsey Lightburn Fourhills Irene Fitchett Stobhill Andrew McMillan Drumchapel
Volunteers 65 volunteers within North Glasgow Escorts provided for Sunday Services in GRI Trained Chaplaincy Visitors Students on placement Eucharistic Ministers
Roman Catholic Chaplains GRI: via radio pager/switchboard Father John McGrath – Stobhill Father Joe Sullivan - GRI Sister May Commins - Western Western & Gartnavel - Deanery
Who do we visit? Patients of all or no faiths, staff, visitors
Faith Community A recognisable group who share a belief system and usually undertake religious practices such as prayer, scripture reading, meditation, and communal acts of worship
Belief Group Any group which has a cohesive system of values or beliefs but which does not classify as a faith community. E.g. African-Caribbean Somali Culture Akan (Ghana) Cultural Groups Humanist
Spirituality is whatever gives a person meaning, worth and value. Unique to each individual, for some that can be their religion, for others music, nature, family, friends etc
“Spirituality is a slippery word these days, involving anything from monasticism to wind chimes, but I have never been able to resist tinkering under the bonnet of the soul. No longer convinced by the absolutes of my childhood, I nevertheless hankered after something to replace them, a workable credo with which to engage life.” (Adrift in Caledonia, Boathitching for the Unenlightened Nick Thorpe 2006)
Spiritual Care 1-2-1 relationship, completely person centred and makes no assumptions personal conviction or life orientation.
Why Listen to Stories? Central explanation of ourselves They haunt or inspire Help bind our world together and give a sense of place and purpose We all have a luminous world below the surface, a world offered as a gift to others….if we are asked. (Barack Obama : Dreams from my Father)
Who gives spiritual care? We all do!!! “How are you doing tonight?” = Spiritual Care
Indicators of spiritual distress Why me? Why Now? Putting on a brave face - I mustn’t let my family down. “I can’t take anymore” “I’d be better off dead” Talks more of religion/God/afterlife Turns face to the wall
Addressing Spiritual Needs/Distress- Recognise The need to give and receive love The need to be understood The need to be valued as a human being The need for forgiveness, hope and trust The need to explore beliefs and values The need to express feelings honestly The need to find meaning and purpose in life.
People are not merely physical bodies requiring mechanical fixing. Some find their spirituality helps maintain their health and helps them cope with illness, trauma, loss, change as body, mind & spirit integrate. Whether religious or not people share deep needs as they try to make sense of & maintain hope when illness or injury strikes.
F.A.Q’S Is God angry with me? Is God punishing me? Is this happening because I didn’t go to church? Has God given up on me? Why me?
What are the spiritual needs of patients/families in last days and hours Fear of dying Unresolved issues Unfinished business Fear of letting go
How can we meet these needs? Being there, listening, giving hope, Fostering companionship & peace Focussing on individual Being non-judgemental Giving a sense of meaning Advocacy Helping a person to be him/herself: retaining sense of personal worth maintaining their own identity
Liverpool Care Pathway GRI & Stobhill Ext 24661 & 13098 Leave a message on Chaplaincy answering machine when a patient is placed on the Pathway. Someone will get back to you. Please don’t leave it until a few minutes before the patient dies
Religious care:- shared beliefs,values,liturgies and lifestyle
Religious care Prayer Services on Sunday Baptism Blessing of Babies Sacrament of the Sick Anointing Sacraments-Eucharist, Reconciliation Contact appropriate faith leader at patient’s request
What about faith groups other than Christian? What about Muslims? Buddhists? Jehovah’s Witnesses? Baha’i? Jews ? Where can we find info about how to help other faiths? RELIGIONS & CULTURE MANUAL-provided by the Chaplains Christian Science? Hindu? Mormon? Sikh?
Where can you find us? GRI :- 0141 211 4661 Stobhill :- 0141 201 3098 Western:- 0141 211 2812 Gartnavel:- 0141 211 3026 Pager via hospital switchboards RC Chaplains: pager via switchboards