Early in my stay in the hospital I was approached by a guy who offered me his ‘time’ if I wanted to talk about my experience. He said he was there to support people who ticked the ‘no religion’ box. But what did he want? What was he selling? To my great surprise and relief, the answer was nothing. He came to me with no agenda. He listened, we shared experiences, and he provided a ‘sounding board’ for all that was swirling through my mind. What he gave me was human connection.
John Davey, former patient and Secular Spiritual Care Network, Advisory Board Member