Spiritual Distress

Sometimes people are unable to find meaning or connect with their faith when they or someone they love is sick or injured. This can lead to people experiencing spiritual distress. Situations that may cause spiritual distress include:

  • Waiting for a diagnosis
  • Major or repeated setbacks in recovery
  • Experiencing physical pain
  • Having to make a difficult decision on behalf of a family member
  • When someone feels a ritual of their faith or culture is needed
  • Feeling exhausted or emotionally withdrawn from caring for the sick, injured or distressed

Indicators of Spiritual Distress

Individuals experiencing spiritual distress may ask questions or make comments, such as:

  • “Why is this happening to me?"
  • “Why has God let this happen?”
  • “What’s my purpose now?"
  • “This is not fair.”
  • “I’m scared.”
  • “I don’t know how I’m going to cope.”

If you or someone you care for is experiencing spiritual distress, ask your health care provider for a referral to Spiritual Health or contact your nearest Spiritual Health Practitioner.

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