Faith and Spirituality

In going through a difficult experience such as lymphoma, faith and spirituality can be a source of strength for many people. Faith and spirituality can include a specific set of beliefs and practices most often within an organized group or it can be individualized and pertain to a person’s sense of peace, purpose, connection to others, and meaning of life.

A leader of your faith or a trained counselor can help you identify with your spiritual needs and find spiritual support. There are also some members of the clergy who are specially trained to help people with cancer and their families.

Even if you are not religious or observe a traditional religion, faith and spirituality can be important and may help you cope. Many people are comforted by recognizing that they are part of something greater than themselves, which can help them find meaning in life. Some ways that people tend to their spiritual needs are through the practice of forgiveness and/or gratitude, performing small acts of kindness, meditation, or spending time in nature.

If you are struggling to find meaning in your life or to make peace with yourself, you may wish to speak with a respected counselor or member of the clergy who can help you.

References:

American Cancer Society. When Cancer Doesn’t Go Away. Revised May 20, 2014
Accessed May 27, 2014

National Cancer Institute. General Information About Spirituality
Accessed May 27, 2014