Our Companions offer spiritual support for a person preparing for death.

Dame Cicely Saunders defined “Total pain” as physical pain, emotional pain, social pain and spiritual pain.

“Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature and to the significant or sacred.”
- National Consensus Panel Report, Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative care: The Report of the Consensus Conference, October 2009.

Dr. Paul Tournier, “Every disease has two diagnoses – a medical one and a spiritual one.”

Spiritual distress can be expressed by any of the following:
A sense of hopelessness
Feelings of guilt
Unresolved anger
Lack of inner peace
Disconnectedness /abandonment
Need to find meaning
Fear of the unknown

Spiritual pain can create or exacerbate physical pain.
Spiritual practices may help in the management of physical pain.
Physical pain and/or the anticipation of death needs spiritual strength.

Facilitate emotional comfort and encourage personal spiritual strength empowering the person to pass peacefully.
Provide support while maintaining a peaceful environment and strict confidentiality.

Facilitate the search for meaning.
Support people to access their inner strengths.
Help the person to maintain human connections.
Focus on supporting the person’s humanity and dignity.
Help clarify his/her wishes, hopes, decision-making and beliefs.

Quality service using experienced, well trained Companions.
Working from the heart with compassion to provide free service.
A resource with available time.
A working knowledge of health system within Auckland.
Auckland wide coverage in private homes, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices
A minimum of 2 hours per week as needed – flexibility in every case depending on each person’s requirements

After a referral (on line HERE or Call 828-3321) is received, initial contact is within 48hrs.

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