Advancing the place of spiritual care within palliative care


The recognition of the importance of spirituality at the end of life is not new. Since the pioneering work of Cicely Saunders in the 1960s, leaders in palliative care have realized that life-threatening illness is a spiritual event. Saunders’ identification of the multi-dimensional nature of spiritual suffering at the end of life as ‘total pain’ remains foundational to the understanding of the need for holistic palliative care.


spiritual care, palliative care, Cicely Saunders, spiritual wellbeing

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