“Cancer is a terrible turn in a person’s life, but it may bring out the best in their family and friends,” says Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Chaplain Rhonda Cooper. “The best gift of all is a strong shoulder to lean on, along with an understanding heart.”

She notes that you may be able to reach out for spiritual support from your family or friends; your priest, rabbi or imam; or from one of your caregivers. “Connection to a true caregiver may be your best link to God or to a transcendant spirit,” Cooper notes. Chaplains at the center can provide support not only for patients, but their families as well.

Chaplain Cooper explains more in this video about spiritual care for cancer patients at the center:

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