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Spiritual Health

Spiritual health is important to a person’s well-being. It should be a part of each person’s healthcare plan.

Spiritual health is an important part of person-centred care that includes all dimensions of a person: spiritual, physical, mental, emotional, and social.

People diagnosed with cancer may have spiritual health needs. They may start looking for ways to:

  • Find meaning and purpose in lifee
  • Express themselves
  • Connect to their faith or beliefs.
Spiritual Distress

Spiritual distress is a conflict between your belief system and your current reality. It can happen if your core spirituality is challenged. It can also happen if you do not have spiritual well-being.

Spiritual distress can happen when:

  • You are waiting for a diagnosis.
  • You have a major setback or complications.
  • You are in pain or are suffering.
  • Your beliefs do not support the treatment your health care team has recommended.
  • You are wishing for a ritual of faith, such as prayer or having Communion.

Spiritual distress can also affect family members and caregivers of people with cancer. It can often happen if you are:

  • Responsible for making hard or life-changing decisions for your loved one.
  • Experiencing compassion or caregiver fatigue.
Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care is a holistic approach to healthcare. It values and affirms spirituality and faith as part of healing. We support patients and families during their cancer care. We help connect them to their spiritual resources and practices.

Spiritual Health Practitioners

Spiritual Health Practitioners work as part of the cancer care team with Patient & Family Counselling.

We are multi-faith practitioners who have been trained by the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care. We practice according to the standards set by the BC Ministry of Health.

We serve people of all communities, faiths, and religious and non-religious traditions. We support patients, families, and health care staff emotionally and spiritually in moments of need. Our support is based on the person's beliefs, cultural background, values, and practices. If needed, we can contact faith leaders in your community.



Cultivating Your Spiritual Garden workshop

This workshop series is designed for people with cancer who want to explore and develop their own spirituality. It is led by BC Cancer's Multi-Faith Spiritual Health Practitioner.

The workshop is open to people of all communities, cultural backgrounds, faiths, religious and non-religious traditions.

The workshop is on Zoom. There are five sessions, each two hours long.

In this workshop series, you will:

  • Gain a deeper awareness of your own spirituality, meaning and purpose.
  • Get tools to grow your inner resources.
  • Develop practices to maintain a healthy spiritual garden. 

Sessions have a mix of education and discussion, as well as creative and spiritual exercises.  The fifth session is a mini-reunion and time of reflection together. 

There is some light home practice: you are asked to reflect on certain questions before each session. 

Register here

If you have questions about this workshop, please call 604-877-6000 ext. 672194

For information about our other support groups, go to Support Programs.

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