Coping with physical or mental illness is one of the greatest challenges in life. Being spiritually healthy helps people meet that challenge.
Spiritual well-being can be defined in different ways but many would agree that it is closely associated with a state of inner peace and harmony. Spiritual care is any support that contributes to spiritual well-being. One way we feel spiritual support comes from being part of a group of people who care for one another.
Another way we can feel spiritually supported is to practice meditation. Meditation is any activity of mind and body that a person can do on his or her own for the purpose of attaining inner peace and harmony.
People who have a religious faith can feel spiritually supported by praying.
This page contains a description of spiritual resources that can assist people to cope with health crises such as illness and dying, or the illness and dying of a family member. Readers are encouraged to seek out sources of spiritual support that are acceptable and available to them.
Nurturing and developing your spirituality may be just as important as eating a healthy diet, exercising, and building strong relationships. Taking the time to reconnect with what you find meaningful in life and returning to life’s big questions can enhance your own sense of connection with something larger than yourself.