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Spiritual Support Treatment Information
Spiritual care by IU Health chaplains is available to all IU Health Hospice patients and their families. We offer non-denominational support that respects all beliefs and helps you and your loved one with spiritual aspects of the hospice experience. Our services include:
- Non-judgmental spiritual care. Patients in hospice often feel alone. Our chaplains create a safe place for them to express their spiritual needs and questions. We listen and help your loved one understand that these needs and questions are normal. We strive to help patients voice their feelings about their diagnosis and changes in their life. We cannot change your loved one’s circumstances, but our support gives strength and comfort and helps him or her explore new ways to find meaning.
- Support for faith- and religion-specific spiritual needs. Some people in hospice possess strong faith or religious beliefs. Your loved one may have community support and access to spiritual care specific to a particular faith or religion. We ensure that all staff respect and honor these beliefs. If you or your loved one recognizes a need to re-connect with faith or religious practices, we bring in resources from the community wherever possible.
- Referral to other appropriate resources. We offer pastoral counseling for many concerns that arise during the end-of-life process. Our own resources include helping patients with storytelling, journaling and meditation. However, issues may arise that are more appropriately handled by other professionals. We may refer your loved one or family members to such resources as social workers, licensed counselors, bereavement counselors and grief care for children and other specific groups. We continue to supply spiritual support in parallel with this specialized care.
- Spiritual care for hospice staff. Hospice work exposes staff to circumstances that may raise questions of meaning and purpose or challenge their beliefs and values. We assist staff members in spiritual care to help them be fully present for you and your loved one in your time of need.
Spiritual Support Locations & Physicians
For more information, please contact us at 866.272.5083.
Spiritual Support Support Services
Online resources may help you and your loved one explore spiritual and other questions that arise during hospice care.
A Sampling of Spiritual Support Support Services
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization
This advocacy organization provides extensive education and other resources relating to hospice.
Hospice Foundation of America
The Hospice Foundation of America website includes detailed education on hospice care and services as well as links to other resources.
Explore this site to find numerous resources for caregivers and education on hospice care.
Indiana Association for Home and Hospice Care
This website features information on hospice services and resources that are specific to Indiana.
American Cancer Society
If your loved one in hospice suffers from cancer, the American Cancer Society may have information and resources that can assist you.
American Heart Association
The American Heart Association provides hospice education, resources and support for patients with heart-related conditions.
Little Red Door Cancer Agency
This nonprofit agency gives patients with cancer extra support to improve quality of life, such as wigs, supplements and education.