Spiritual Care Services Nurture Wellbeing in a Clinical Setting During COVID- 19

Aotearoa New Zealand

Authors

  • Amy K.B. Finiki Porirua Hospital
  • Kath Maclean Porirua Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.42129

Keywords:

COVID-19, spiritual care, Spiritual Pastoral Therapists, chaplaincy, mental health care, New Zealand

Abstract

This paper presents the responses of two “Spiritual Pastoral Therapists” (SPTs) at Porirua Hospital in Aotearoa New Zealand during COVID-19. The responses included the creation of local safe “bubbles,” increased communication, maintaining chapel access, producing daily meditations for the employee newsletter, utilizing social media, writing letters, and using the labyrinth meditation walk. The authors record a variety of qualitative feedback from hospital staff affirming the contribution of SPT ministry in providing spiritual care services to nurture well-being among patients and hospital staff during the struggles caused by COVID-19.

Author Biographies

Amy K.B. Finiki, Porirua Hospital

Rev. Amy K.B. Finiki, MDiv., is a Spiritual Pastoral Therapist and CPE Supervisor at Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities Services (MHAIDS), Porirua Hospital in Porirua, New Zealand and a member of NZHCA and ANZACPE.

Kath Maclean, Porirua Hospital

Rev. Canon Kath Maclean, MHSc., is a Spiritual Pastoral Therapist and CPE Supervisor at Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disabilities Services (MHAIDS), Porirua Hospital in Porirua, New Zealand and a member of NZHCA and ANZACPE.

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Published

2020-09-14

How to Cite

Finiki, A. K., & Maclean, K. (2020). Spiritual Care Services Nurture Wellbeing in a Clinical Setting During COVID- 19: Aotearoa New Zealand. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 8(2), 231–239. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.42129

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Section

Professional Reflection