We provide support with the concept of SOUL INJURY® for traumatized people and people that are suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. We are interested in professionals that aim taking care for traumatized patients with compassion and dignity.
(1) SOUL INJURY® – As a Resource in the Work of Spiritual Care in Palliative Care
events that occurred to us recently or a long time ago can affect our behavior in our private as well as our work lives. Often
times, they can unconsciously limit us in our vitality and we encounter the
same or similar problems over again. The arising feelings are acknowledged as
uncomfortable and thus pushed aside. “Why should I burden myself with this
again?”, is what we may ask ourselves. This, in spite of those exact feelings
being signals that aim to invoke our inner vitality. They want attention in
order for them to finally be able to live in peace with and within us. The signals
that we, more often than not, experience as negative, are the ones that could
return enormous strength and vitality to us. Today we know that an onerous
event can evoke a Soul Injury which is found in unresolved loss and in
unforgotten or rather not-dealt with feelings of guilt or shame. An
affected individual is restricted in his/her vitality and many times may suffer
unrecognized. Kids may be affected as well. Once the Soul Injury is
recognized and worked with, we can feel strengthen and peacefully live in
peace. That event is to be described with new inner as well as outer vitality. Soul Injury is recommended by therapeutic PTSD, chronic crises
and stress interventions. In the application, the afflicted learn how to master
losses, failures, disappointments and how forgive oneself as well as others.
In Europe too, there are people who have a difficult past and may still suffer from it. Let us consider: Verdingkinder, victims of mental and physical violence, war or terror victims, soldiers, first responder, refugees, victims of bullying, people with severe chronic diseases, people who have been hit by an environmental catastrophe, etc. The professional inner-spiritual accompaniment, that the concept of SOUL INJURY® offers, helps us experts to optimize our communicative competence in crisis interventions. In the praxis of Spiritual Care, the knowledge of Soul Injury is an essential resource for professionals that work in counseling or any support of vulnerable people.
difficult life situations, too, there are opportunities to gain confidence,
strength and hope. Spiritual Care offers to accompany people in hardships for example trauma and search for meaning as well as crisis-coping according to
their existential, spiritual and religious demands. Spiritual Care service is neutral in
denomination, meaning regardless of your belief or origin. Spiritual Care service providers usually have a broad professional network that can be convened at any time as needed (i.e. emergency services, police, pastoral care of various churches, hospitals, therapists, etc.). Spiritual Care service needs a specialized certified training, which is incrisingly also being attended by doctors, social workers and nursing professionals, etc.
The way we offer our services was also inspired from...
"Spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Physicians need to address and be attentive to all suffering of their patients—physical, emotional, and spiritual. Doing so is part of delivery of compassionate care. I think we can be better physicians and true partners in our patients' living and in their dying if we can be compassionate: if we truly listen to their hopes, their fears, and their beliefs and incorporate these beliefs into their therapeutic plans."
Christina M. Puchalski MD, MS (Source: The role of spirituality in health care 2001)
WHO Definition: Palliative care is an approach that
improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problem
associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of
suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and
treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual. Palliative care increases patient and family satisfaction, it improves
quality and it has been shown to help to extend survival. The resulting
cost savings are an unintended but welcome consequence of providing high
quality care. This approach results in higher quality, well-planned
treatment that anticipates future care needs and helps to avoid unwanted
and expensive crisis care. In Switzerland, we have more and more specialised Palliative Care teams, which take care for patients
also at their home (i.e. Spitex).
(source: www.palliative.ch, palliativ-zug.ch, ww.capc.org)
of Hospice is understood as a comprehensive concept for progressive ill patients to be cared for
in a home like environment or in their own homes. The goal is to relieve the
suffering and to allow to die in a familiar surrounding. Also, the relatives shall be
supported in their farewell and loss. In Switzerland, there are - compared to other
countries i.e. USA - only a few Hospice facilities.
Nicholas Sparks (Message in a Bottle)- Allow your grief:
This booklet helps children with their feelings of grief and explains sensitively how the grandmother imagines the hereafter and how she can continue to be connected with her dear granddaughter. Author Sandra Ulrich, Illustrations Cécilia Ulrich. This project was supported by Roger Federer and advertised by Coop. Ideal for children beween the ages of 6-11 years.