Addressing spiritual needs in palliative care: proposal for a narrative and interfaith spiritual care intervention for chaplaincy

Iris R. Wierstra, Anke I. Liefbroer, Lenneke Post, T. Tromp, Jacques Körver

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    Although many recognize the importance of addressing the spiritual
    domain in palliative care, empirically grounded interventions
    designed to alleviate spiritual needs for patients in palliative care are
    remarkably scarce. In this paper we argue that the development of
    such interventions for chaplains is important in order to improve
    spiritual care in a (post)secular and religiously plural context. We
    therefore propose an interfaith chaplain-led spiritual care intervention
    for home-based palliative care that addresses patients’ spiritual
    needs. The intervention is based on elements of spiritual care interventions
    that have been investigated among other populations.
    Three important characteristics of the proposed intervention are (1)
    life review; (2) materiality, ritual and embodiment; and (3) imagination.
    The aim of this intervention is to improve palliative patients’
    spiritual wellbeing. It is anticipated that such a structured intervention
    could assist in improving spiritual care in palliative care.
    Originele taal-2English
    Aantal pagina's14
    TijdschriftJournal of Health Care Chaplaincy
    VolumePublished Online
    StatusPublished - dec. 2021

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