Spiritual and Religious Care at St. Martha's Regional Hospital, Antigonish, NS
Sister Catherine Ann MacGillivray is ministering in the Spiritual and Religious Care Department at St. Martha's Regional Hospital.
Spiritual Care is based on the belief and knowledge that wellness or healing involves the whole person: body, mind and spirit. We know we are naturally spiritual beings because we look for meaning and/or purpose in our human experiences, particularly during illness, tragedy, dying and death. At such times we are all most vulnerable and ask spiritual questions, such as,
- Why is this happening to me?
- Will I die?
- Where is God now in my need?
- Is there an after-life?
It is said that institutions that ignore the spiritual dimension run the risk of becoming only "biological garages where dysfunctional human parts are repaired or replaced." - Gibbons & Miller, 1989.
Spiritual care stories abound, but one woman's final words may speak best for what Sister Catherine Ann does. Suffering the loss of her husband after a lengthy illness, she said, " You helped my husband to die and helped me to desire to keep on living!"