Emotional and spiritual care for end of life

Winter 2015, Living Well Magazine

New Counselling Service

The latest research confirms that the mortality rate amongst the living is still 100%!  Despite this undisputed fact of life the vast majority of people are not at peace with their own mortality and hope that somehow God will make an exception in their case.

When diagnosed with cancer the possibility of death becomes very real, and for many people a cancer diagnosis is synonymous with being given a death sentence.

We know fear is counterproductive to the healing process and to quality of life, which is why we address the topic of fear of ‘death and dying’ in our cancer programs.

Many participants of our cancer programs significantly extend their prognosis and some even go into total and lasting remission however some participants do go on to die from the illness.  The feedback that we have received from support people who have lost a loved one is that the preparation for end-of-life was highly valuable to everybody involved in this process.

The Gawler Cancer Foundation has now decided to offer extended ‘Emotional and Spiritual Care for End-of-Life’ counselling services, by donation, to our past participants and their families.

In line with the philosophies of the foundation, this service will be provided on a non-denominational basis and the spiritual and religious beliefs of the people concerned will be fully respected.

Offered predominantly as a phone counselling service, this service includes (all or part of):

  • Assistance in achieving inner peace in the light of facing one’s own mortality and pending death;
  • Preparation for a ‘good death’ by addressing the fears and questions related to dying, and assistance with dealing with any unresolved emotional and spiritual issues and unfinished business;
  • Facilitation of meetings with family and/or friends to openly talk about topics related to the pending death. E.g. Wishes of the ill person regarding arrangements for the last hours, for the time up to the funeral and the funeral itself;
  • Support of the dying person and their families at the time of death as well as after death has occurred;
  • Providing grief counselling to the bereaved in the early stages after death has occurred.

Home or hospital/hospice visits may be possible for people living in the Melbourne area.

This service is provided primarily by our senior therapist and specifically trained spiritual care counsellor, Siegfried Gutbrod, subject to availability. Call 1300 651 211 or email info@gawler.org to enquire.