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Ann Armstrong-Dailey and Sarah Zarbock

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195340709

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195340709.001.0001

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Spiritual Care of Children and Parents

Spiritual Care of Children and Parents

(p.219) 9 Spiritual Care of Children and Parents
Hospice Care for Children

Paul Thayer

Robert Nee

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines spiritual care for terminally ill children and their parents. It explains that spirituality is central to holistic family-centered health care and that spiritual care usually involves rituals, traditions, and reflections that help children incorporate illness into other life experiences. Spiritual care provides children with the opportunities to experience those parts of their lives that transcend sickness or suffering and to discover new strengths through prayer and meditation to cope with the difficulties of serious illness.

Keywords:   spiritual care, children, terminal illness, parents, life experiences, spirituality

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