As with Fort McMurray’s NorthernLights Regional Health Centre, manyof Alberta’s healthcare facilities havespiritual spaces. Edmonton’s RoyalAlexandra Hospital, for example, hasseveral areas that meet people’sspiritual needs.
The Interfaith Worship Centre at theRoyal Alex has a small handwashingstation for Muslims to performablutions, the ceremonial act of washingparts of the body. People of other faithsalso use this centre for quiet time,reflection and prayer.
Indigenous Peoples use the hospital’sCharles Camsell Gathering Room forceremonies. The Royal Alex providessmudging supplies and a ventingsystem carries the smoke outside.Indigenous cultural helpers gathertraditional medicines and supportceremonies.
The Robbins Pavilion conducts aCatholic service once a week. Thequiet space, which includes a gardenon the roof, is open to people ofall faiths.
“We see spiritual care as an integralpart of holistic patient care,” says ChrisWhitford, manager of Allied Healthat the Royal Alex. “It helps towardhealing and making families feelmore settled.”|a
For a listing of spiritual services in AHSfacilities where you live, visit ahs.caand search: spiritual care services.