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Recognizing Spiritual Needs in People who are Dying

Rachel Stanworth


Listening carefully to patients at the end of life is at the heart of good palliative care and this book provides a means of recognizing and talking about spiritual needs even when religious language is not used. The author refers to this as a ‘language of spirit’. The book is based on interviews with patients who are dying and the language that they use to describe their experiences. It deals with death, dying, the experiences of patients, and the relief of spiritual pain by looking closely at patient stories, drawings, and behaviour. The book explains why it is often easier to recognize than ... More

Keywords: palliative care, spiritual needs, religious language, death, dying, spiritual pain, patient stories, patient drawings, patient behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780198525110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198525110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Rachel Stanworth, author
Former Researcher at St Christopher's Hospice, London, UK; Management Advisory Committee member and trainer for The Befriending Network, London