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The essence of spiritual care: a phenomenological enquiry.

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/03/2002
<mark>Journal</mark>Palliative Medicine
Issue number2
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)125-132
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This study used a phenomenological approach, founded on the Husserlian tradition, to discover the spiritual essence of palliative care in the lived experience of stakeholders. Semistructured interviews were conducted with 16 participants who held a variety of roles linked to palliative care, and were of different religions and none. Amongst these participants, spiritual care is based on the assumption that all people are spiritual beings. It recognizes the relationship between illness and the spiritual domain and acknowledges the possibility of a search for meaning in the big questions of life and death. It responds to religious and humanistic needs by meeting both the requirements of faith and the desire for another human being to ‘be there’. Fundamentally, spiritual care seeks to affirm the value of each and every person based on nonjudgemental love.

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RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration