People seek meaning in order to live authentically with each other. This can become a particular set of spiritual beliefs, guiding the ultimate purpose of our life.
Spirituality contributes to health in many ways. It is how a person searches for meaning, through religion and/or belief in a god, through relationships with family, or participation in naturalism, rationalism, humanism and the arts. This can affect how people who need health care as well as how health care providers understand health and illness.
In caring for the whole human being, there is a need to focus on each aspect of what makes a person human. The most visible is our body. The second aspect is that of thinking, engaging our minds. A third aspect is feeling, which emerges in emotions and forms the dynamic energy of our relationships. And the fourth aspect of self is the spiritual. Its definitions are constantly evolving as understanding of this vital area of health care changes.
Healing is rooted in the concept of wholeness. A physical health care need, such as an illness, may be a symptom of a deeper and more complex need for healing the whole person. In health care, there is growing awareness that spiritual care is a vital aspect of care for the whole person.
For more information, please contact:
Manitoba Health, Healthy Living and Seniors