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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care$
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Mari Lloyd-Williams

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199216420

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.001.0001

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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

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(p.191) Chapter 10 Spiritual Care
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Psychosocial Issues in Palliative Care
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Mark Cobb

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216420.003.0011

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

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