A thematic literature review: The importance of providing spiritual care for end-of-life patients who have experienced transcendence phenomena

Kathleen Broadhurst, Ann Harrington

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    Abstract

    The purpose of this review was to investigate within the literature the link between transcendent phenomena and peaceful death. The objectives were firstly to acknowledge the importance of such experiences and secondly to provide supportive spiritual care to dying patients. Information surrounding the aforementioned concepts is underreported in the literature. The following 4 key themes emerged: spiritual comfort; peaceful, calm death; spiritual transformation; and unfinished business. The review established the importance of transcendence phenomena being accepted as spiritual experiences by health care professionals. Nevertheless, health care professionals were found to struggle with providing spiritual care to patients who have experienced them. Such phenomena are not uncommon and frequently result in peaceful death. Additionally, transcendence experiences of dying patients often provide comfort to the bereaved, assisting them in the grieving process.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)881-893
    Number of pages13
    JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
    Volume33
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2016

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