Hope rising out of despair: The spiritual journey of patients admitted to a hospice

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    It is noted that the suddenness of grief and loss awakens individuals to their own spiritual journey. Studies have shown that spirituality increases when death is faced Derrickson 1996; Millison & Dudley 1992 with others indicating the need for those living with dying patients, to be in touch with their own spirituality (English 1998; Irion 1988). This paper, part of a larger PhD study, reports conversations with patients as to their spiritual ‘journey.’ Their responses were categorised using a three step framework generated by Chandler (1999) which incorporates elements of grief from Perlman, and Takaacs (1990). Their responses give some indication as to their level of ‘despair’ and ‘hope’ whilst on their spiritual journey and gives health care providers guidance as to how to assist patients with their spiritual needs.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationSpirituality of Later Life
    Subtitle of host publicationOn Humor and Despair
    EditorsElizabeth MacKinlay
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9781317955085, 9781315864563
    ISBN (Print)0789027313, 9780789027320
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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