What helps you cope during difficult times? What gives you hope and strength to keep you going? If you’ve answered these questions, you might be surprised to find that you include some form of spirituality in your life. Whether you consider yourself religious or not, spirituality is relevant to all people. At heart, spirituality reflects a human longing to make sense of our place in life and find meaning. The human longing to make meaning, one could argue, exists well before we come to think of ourselves as spiritual, agnostic, atheist or religious. We all are trying to find what is meaningful in relation to life’s purpose, relationships, a sense of hope and our longing for the transcendent.
As a young adult, you are in a time of life where your values and beliefs are solidifying and taking on definitive shape. This is a time of great self-focus and for good reason: you are seeking a trajectory for your life. You are looking for fulfilment and direction in areas like identity, career, significant relationships, values and independence. In short, you are adopting a framework of meaning for your life – a spirituality. While this is a time of great possibility and potential – your future is yours to determine – it can also be accompanied by great struggle and apprehension. What do you do when your values and aspirations no longer make sense? How do you deal with grief, fears and losses along the way? Doubts and questions can arise, clouding your sense of certainty and your ability to live with meaning. Spiritual care can aid in helping you adapt to new and complicated realities in life, helping you reframe your sense of identity and values.
Spiritual care professionals are highly trained health-care workers. They typically serve in a number of settings including hospitals, care homes, health centres and correctional centres.
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