Spiritual care involves supporting the ‘inner person’ (the spirit or soul), to help deal with challenges being faced. It may include exploring concerns about personal meaning or questions such as ‘why are things happening to me’ and may help find hope in difficult situations.
Traditionally chaplains have been associated with meeting religious needs, however modern chaplaincies offer a compassionate presence to provide care and support whether people are ‘religious’ or not.
Some people express their spirituality through religious beliefs and rituals, whilst the ‘inner life’ of others is found and expressed in the natural world, through creative activities such as the visual arts and music or through vocation and sense of calling to a particular role. The chaplains offer spiritual care to everyone responding to individual needs and may help to deal with difficult situations.