Non-Religious Pastoral Care

All human beings or at least majority of people recognize that humans are not just pure matter or just bodies but have a spiritual dimension to their beingness. The spiritual role plays an important function by motivating people to achieve. Spiritual care can contribute to a good mental health and wellbeing. In our ever increasingly secular world, many people describe themselves as “spiritual” but not religious. For so long the spiritual needs of such people has been neglected or relegated to the background. Both religious and non-religious people have a spiritual need that must be fulfilled in a way that respects their worldview, values, tradition, and philosophy of life. A recent research conducted by Marie Curie confirmed that non-religious patients would like to access pastoral care that is tailored to their needs, but unfortunately, there is lack of pastoral support for non-religious patients.

Non-religious people have beliefs, they have their own attitude to life, they have the same or similar needs as every human person to make sense of life’s changing circumstances, and to connect with like-minded people. believes in the equality of access to pastoral care support because all people both religious and non-eligious go through similar lifechanging events, they too carry external and internal wounds that can make them afraid, confused, loose heart, depressed, feel lonely and feel abandoned etc and require a pastoral carer who can help them find solutions that are in consonant with their worldview, and values. One basic need for all people in times of sadness, loss, crisis is the need to talk to somebody who respects them for who they are and is willing to listen and offer support that honours them as a person including their spiritual needs.
We offer a uniquely non-religious pastoral care to those who are not religious. Our pastoral care is people-centred and has the following four attributes: (a) Compassionate in nature; (b) Attentive listening or preferably naturing listening which is listening for your own sake because you are worth it, (c) reconcile relationships especially with oneself by helping you to make peace with your past, and (d) encourage growth by help you get unstuck and supporting you to reinvest your newly released energy into something beneficial for your health and wellbeing. We use a range of skills and methodologies to help them cope and reach a solution that is appropriate for them.
It is good to talk to someone who would understand your situation, will acknowledge your pain, loss, and sadness, and make you feel supported and can help you put into words your internal struggles.

While it is fair to say that everybody needs pastoral care, pastoral care is most needed by those going through life-changing events or transitions, illness, trauma, loss of a loved one, rejection etc. In moments of crisis, we would like to have someone to talk to, a trusted person who would honour your feelings and reverence your struggle with the circumstances of your life, somebody who is not a counsellor, but is more than a friend, who can listen with compassion and be present with us.

By talking to us you can transform your life-changing event and uncertainties into opportunities for building resilience, compassion and learn valuable lessons for your future. It will enable you to stop becoming stuck in a downward spiral which often leads to clinical depression, anxiety, loneliness, isolation and disconnection from self, family, friends, and colleagues.