Spiritual Health Association recognises that these are challenging and uncertain times as we continue living through the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that spiritual care makes an essential contribution to compassionate, person-centred care and this aspect of care continues to be important as patients, carers and staff experience ongoing changes.
Below is a list of our resources to support the provision of high quality spiritual care during this time:
- The Small Gift is a forerunner to The Little Book of Spiritual Health which will support your enquiry into how you might achieve a holistic balance in your life, as well as recognise how important it is to include a spiritual health assessment in the care plans of the people we support.
- The Telehealth Guidelines for Spiritual Care were developed in response to changing practices in health care that emerged in the context of COVID-19. These changes offered increased opportunities to provide care through online platforms.
- The Guidelines for Quality Spiritual Care in Health provide a framework to support a consistent approach to safe and high-quality spiritual care for patients, families, carers and staff. The context for the Guidelines is the acute and sub-acute health care setting inclusive of palliative care and mental health. Other health care settings may find these of use.
- Our Multi-faith page contains a number of faith and belief resources.
General health and mental health resources
Australian Government Department of Health - Fact Sheets on Covid & Health
Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources for the general public | Australian Government Department of Health
Vic Health – Mental Wellbeing Resources in Covid times
Mental wellbeing resources about coronavirus (vichealth.vic.gov.au)
Healthdirect advice and resources page
COVID-19 and mental health
Covid resources for Health Professionals
COVID-19 resources for health professionals - Black Dog Institute
Mental Health self-isolation tips for patients
Adult Mental Health Rehabilitation and self-isolation guide created by a Mental Health Spiritual Care practitioner.
A guide about guarding mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Victorian Coronavirus hotline is 1800 675 398 (24 hours).
Resources for providing Spiritual Care
Check out Calm’s free resource page with meditations, stories, music, talks and more to support your mental and emotional wellness.
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab and Transforming Chaplaincy.
Listen to a one-hour webinar Pandemic Ethics: What Healthcare Chaplains need to know.
Occupational Medicine Journal
COVID-19 and experiences of moral injury in front-line key workers in Occupational Medicine. Read the editorial.
Phoenix Australia (the Centre for Post-traumatic Mental Health) fact sheets
A guide to moral injury
Faith and Belief resources
Spirituality and Practice
A Pandemic Alphabet: Applying the spiritual alphabet of practices to pandemic concerns and activities.
Humanitarian Disaster institute
Spiritual First Aid: Resources for Responding to COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges | CT Creative Studio (christianitytoday.com)
Harvard Divinity School – USA
Spiritual Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic | Harvard Divinity School
Meaningful Ageing Australia
COVID-19 Bundled Resource Package (Members only)
Rite of Anointing - single use pack - Bendigo Health
This “End of Life” pack for the Catholic Rite of Anointing was created by a priest in Bendigo, Victoria, Australia. The single-use stole is made of paper and the cotton wool is already soaked in consecrated oil. The kit can be disposed of in the room once the sacrament of anointing is complete: an innovative response during the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
End of Life Essentials - Facilitating goodbyes or critical conversations via personal electronic devices
Laptops, tablets, smart phones or personal electronic devices are being used to replace face to face contact when the risks of cross infection are high or when family and friends are far away. These calls or contact via personal electronic devices at critical times of life, such as when a patient is seriously ill or at the end of life require a planned approach for safe compassionate care. Read the practical advice.
Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement (ACGB)
Resources for those in aged care experiencing grief, for supporting others in aged care who are experiencing grief and for practitioners in aged care.
What's Your Grief
Resources for those experiencing grief, for supporting others who are experiencing grief and for practitioners.
Covid Communication Skills - a playbook of tips
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network ( SALHN)
Steve Mills, Spiritual Care Coordinator at SALHN shares their idea of "Word bombing" the hospitals to “infect” the hospital with positivity.
"We are making new signs each day (we commenced this week) and cutting them in a circle to represent the shape of the COVID-19 virus, but our circle is green not red. They are 12 cm round. The idea is to keep the green dot uniformed.....but the message inside different. We are assuming that the person who reads it has a certain degree of anxiousness and uncertainty about the virus (and/or other things) and therefore we want to offer a word or symbol that:
- brings a smiles
- a hopeful thought
- the reminder that while we are socially distancing ourselves we can still be communities of love, kindness, compassion.
We are placing these in different places around the hospital and then putting the next message nearby to give the effect of the messages spreading. Simple words, or messages - we have plenty of other ‘words’ and people can suggest their own."
Download the Word bombs.
Princess Alice Hospice
Be COVID-19 communication ready: staff poster
Other International resources
Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Healthcare Chaplaincy Network:
Spiritual Care Association:
Prof. Simon Peng-Keller (University of Zurich)
Association of Professional Chaplains
National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC)