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Spiritual Strength, does it matter? Recorded webinar access

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If you missed this, the second in our series of live broadcast Ageing & Spirituality Webinars, you can purchase access, see the details

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The Selwyn Foundation presented the second in its series of innovative Ageing & Spirituality interactive webinars on 10 February 2021.

Rod suggested that instead of talking about spiritual care we need to talk about caring in a spiritual way. Haufe et al[1] say, “spiritual wellbeing has repeatedly been found to be associated with positive psychosocial functioning and overall quality of life in patients receiving palliative care. Spiritual support from a patient’s medical team or chaplain seems to contribute to this. Many patients look to their doctors and nurses to help them make sense of their spiritual issues. But many doctors and nurses do not feel comfortable or equipped to do so. This, in part, is because palliative care has predominately focused on the prevention and relief of physical and psychosocial problems to improve quality of life.”

On 10 February 2021, Caroline Leys and Rod MacLeod discussed the five spiritual strengths identified by Haufe et al; and how to support and enable people to pursue and claim these five strengths before they die:

1: Meaning: finding significance, maintaining normalcy, experiencing sanctuaries, reassessing importance, reconstructing a positive self.

2: Connection: deeper sharing, opening up, caring for each other, looking at continuation of the generations (which is part of who am I, what is my legacy).

3: Agency: capacity to do and affect, maintaining control, refocusing goals, continuously adapting to what is happening on a day-to-day basis and sometimes hour-by-hour.

4: Hope: uplifting future, setting special targets, imagining alterative outcomes, building a collection, extending wishes.

5: Faith: trusting the supernatural (i.e. the sacred), living the tradition, relating to a benevolent force.

Rod and Caroline discussed this expanded way of viewing spirituality, and suggest how individual professionals and Teams can move into this way of working.

[1] Marc Haufe, Carlo Leget, Marieke Potma, & Saskia Teunissen. How can existential or spiritual strengths be fostered in palliative care? An interpretive synthesis of recent literature. British Medical Journal (BMJ) Supportive and Palliative Care 2020;0:1-11.doi:10.1136/bmjspcare-2020-002379.

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