Spirituality in Palliative and End of Life Care – An Introduction
This programme is aimed at introducing the concept of Spirituality in relation to people with palliative & end of life care needs. The WHO define palliative care as “a process involving early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual”. It is this spiritual domain that is integral to the provision of palliative care.
Spirituality means different things to different people, it is not just about religion. It is multi-faceted and can change over a persons’ lifetime. For some people the diagnosis of a life limiting condition can cause them to reflect on the meaning of their life.
This programme will consider spiritual care for those with palliative needs, explore our own spirituality and ways of assessing spiritual needs.