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Meaning and Spirtuality


Providing spiritual support is an important aspect of palliative care. Supporting and acknowledging a person’s spirituality has been shown to reduce the distress that many people experience when they are dying. [1]

There is no universally accepted definition of spirituality. For many people spirituality is linked to religious belief and practices or recognition of a higher power. A person's spirituality may be independent of religious belief. Spirituality may be defined as a person’s connections to other people, to the natural world or to the search for meaning. In essence, spirituality depends on the individual. (CareSearch)


Dying brings decline in health, withdrawal from social networks, loss of normal roles, and the utter aloneness with the confrontation of the end of one’s existence.  Existential distress at the end of life has been defined as hopelessness, burden to others, loss of sense of dignity, desire for death or loss of will to live [1] and threats to self identity. [2] Existential Loneliness has entered the literature and 'is understood as an intolerable emptiness, sadness, and longing, that results from the awareness of one’s fundamental separateness as a human being.' [3] (CareSearch)

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