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Spiritual Care

Mark Cobb

in Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care

Second edition

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216420
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730306 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.003.0011
Spiritual Care

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This chapter examines the concept of spiritual care and investigates how it applies to palliative care practice. It explains that the term spirituality has strong religious roots in the Judaeo-Christian tradition but it is also used in palliative care to refer to an intrinsic characteristic of personhood that can exist without necessary reference to a faith tradition or external body of beliefs. It discusses four aspects of spirituality that have particular relevance to the context of palliative care. These are faith and beliefs, practice, suffering, and death.

Keywords: spiritual care; palliative care; spirituality; personhood; faith; beliefs; suffering; death

Chapter.  6896 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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