To enhance quality of life and holistic wellbeing, our Spiritual Care Coordinator supports the Taha Wairua (spiritual) needs of patients and their whānau. This includes ensuring that patients and their families have direct access to their spiritual, religious, faith or belief practices within our in-patient unit and hospice community. Spiritual Care recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, illness, sadness, loss and death. Spirituality seeks to understand our individual spiritual expression through life experience and compassionate care. It endeavours to make a connection to the moment, self, others, nature, the significant and sacred within and beyond the context of religion. Spiritual Care can assist our patients and their families in their search for meaning and purpose, to navigate the ‘transcendent’ and achieve a sense of wellbeing when encountering illness and preparing for death.