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Exploring the spiritual needs of families with seriously ill children

Journal title
International journal of palliative nursing
Publication year
2016
Author(s)
Ferrell, B.; Wittenberg, E.; Battista, V.; Walker, G.
Pages
388-94
Volume
22
Number
8

Although we know that families of seriously ill children experience spiritual distress, especially at the end of the child’s life, there is little information on the specific spiritual needs of families. In order to develop further training for nurses in paediatrics and help nurses develop skills for communicating about spirituality, this research examined the spiritual needs of families based on nurses’ experiences with families of seriously ill children. Nurses’ experiences revealed that families’ anger with God, blame/regret, forgiveness, and ritual and cultural traditions are salient spiritual needs requiring effective nurse communication skills to support families of ill children.

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