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.
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