When disease strikes, quite often our first reaction is to ask: Why me? What did I do to God to deserve this? If God is truly good, how can He allow this? Afflicted with suffering, it is not unusual to be overwhelmed by a sense of meaninglessness, to feel guilty, to experience anger, to rebel.
What to do then? To whom should I turn?
It is essential to trust the caregivers and follow the intervention plan proposed by the health system, but it is also important to take time to consider and name the losses, grieve about them, or sublimate them. Our immediate circle may be very helpful and give great support with their love and the countless services they have to offer us for a shorter or longer time. Our loved ones may also be overwhelmed by the events and feel powerless. To find our way through this trial, find meaning in all this suffering and grieve as we need to, we often need help and understanding, a reassuring presence in which our family and ourselves can trust.
On the spiritual level, we generally want to redefine ourselves, find new balance in life and reconnect with what gives meaning to our existence. Spiritual needs are usually defined as the needs of a person’s spirit and are related to the quest for meaning and the search for belonging in relation to fundamental values or a transcendent being. Here is a list of spiritual needs we may feel:
There are community organizations and associations of persons who have the same disease (in many cases). As for spiritual accompaniment, we can ask for the help of spiritual care providers where we are hospitalized. If we are at home or in a new environment, we can call on the service of spiritual accompaniment for sick and elderly persons in their own homes (SASMAD).
The service offers…
Contact SASMAD at https://microsites.diocesemontreal.org/microsites/sasmad/en/home-2/
You can also contact our parish priest, Fr. Franceso Giordano at [email protected], who can accompany you in these difficult times.