Create a Spiritual Partnership with Hospice Patients
VITAS Healthcare of Delaware
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 respect 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. For more information about VITAS visit VITAS.com.
About VITAS Healthcare of Delaware
100 Commerce Drive, Suite 302, Newark, DE 19713, US
VITAS recongnizes the importance of a strong and innovative program. Volunteers are an intregal part of the hospice program allowing VITAS to continue personalizing, enhancing, and expanding services offered to patients and families. Through exemplifying VITAS values, volunteers serve as patient and family advocates and are pro-active in helping to meet the needs of patients and families. VITAS integrates volunteers into the hospice program by actively recruiting, training, supporting, and creatively utilizing volunteers to meet patient and family needs. Volunteers and their contributions are respected and valued.
Volunteers are the heart of VITAS hospice, providing friendly, non-medical patient and family care.