Spiritual care is usually given in a one to one relationship, is completely person centred and makes no assumptions about personal conviction or life orientation .
Religious care is given in the context of shared religious beliefs, values, liturgies and lifestyle of a faith community.
Spiritual care is not necessarily religious. Religious care should always be spiritual.
Some years ago – self to patient, “Hello, I’m Sandy – the Hospital Chaplain”. reply: “I’m not religious”. me: “oh no, it’s more about giving you spiritual support”. her: “Oh, I’m into spiritualism – have ye got wan o’ they weegie boards with you?”
(was tempted to reply that I only had an Embra one! But refrained)