Wildfires are devastating communities across California, causing more than 300,000 people to evacuate their homes and threatening many more. The Camp Fire in Northern California -- one of three blazing across the state -- is the most destructive in state history. We want to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you find access to shelter. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know the most effective ways to contribute.
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, said, "The primary needs of the terminally ill are spiritual. More than anything else the dying need meaning, hope and love." They are also looking for acceptance, an ultimate spiritual source and for dignity.
Spirituality is awareness and connection to a higher power or divine presence, a harmonious relationship or a connection with self, nature, or community, enabling a person to discover the essence of their being.
VITAS Volunteers can assist with spiritual care by... -Being present with the patient and family -Listening with sensitivity and openness -Honoring and respecting the patient's faith traditions -Encouraging practice of spiritual rituals such as meditation, or scripture reading or prayer.
Remember all members of the VITAS team provide spiritual support. We do this by listening, caring, demonstrating empathy all without judgment.