Integrating Safety and Spirituality: Nurturing Holistic Care in Healthcare Settings

Wednesday, April 3, 2024 - 13:00 to 14:00

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About the Event

Patients and clients often find solace and strength in spirituality amidst illness, fostering hope, safety and resilience. Spiritual practices, ranging from prayer, meditation, or rituals, to participating in reading, art, music, and other forms of expression, can provide comfort, safety, peace, and a sense of connection beyond physical suffering. This holistic approach acknowledges the profound impact of spirituality on a person’s journey of healing, dying, and/or coping with health challenges that typically arise when they or a loved one is admitted to a health-care facility such as hospital, long-term care home, hospice, palliative care, or nursing home.

About the Guest Speaker

Hilton Gomes, Chaplain

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Originally from Brazil, Hilton Gomes emigrated to Canada in 2007. In 2009, he was received into the Anglican Communion. He studied Philosophy and Theology in Brazil, and in Canada, I was among the first group of students to enrol in the Bioethics Course at St. Paul's University in Ottawa. Through the Canadian Association of Spiritual Care (CASC), Hilton completed three levels of Clinical Psychospiritual Education (CPE), finishing his Advanced Level Education.

Reverend Gomes began working at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare (HDGH) on Prince Road in 2016 as a volunteer. In 2017, he became the Lead of Spiritual Health and Mission, as well as a Spiritual Health Practitioner. He is also a member of the Ethics Committee and Peer Support Team at HDGH. On a part-time basis, Chaplain Gomes is an Anglican Priest of three Churches: Trinity in Cottam, St. Stephen’s on Howard Ave., and Redeemer on Concession 8 in Oldcastle. 

A dedicated family man, Hilton has a deep love for nature, and outdoor recreational activities such as kayaking where he finds contentment through prayer and reflection.