Compassion calls us to recognise and empathise with people’s individual suffering and needs.
“The kind word, the gentle compassionate look and the patient hearing
of sorrows – these cost the giver nothing.” (Catherine McAuley)
Compassion calls us to recognise and empathise with people’s individual
suffering and needs.It is expressed by:
- Fostering an attitude of openness and sensitivity to the suffering of others and responding to them with tenderness and care.
- Empathising with, listening to and trying to understand the individual’s personal situation.
- Standing in solidarity with those most in need, particularly those who are poor or marginalised and those who’s voices are not always heard.
- Being conscious of the impact our non-verbal communication can have on others.
- Creating an environment for the patients and their families that is caring and conducive to a transforming, healing process, especially with reference to crisis moments and end of life.
- Promoting a strong pastoral service which is authentic, sensitive and respectful.