What it is: Spirituality can be a person’s connection to other people, to nature, or to what gives them meaning and purpose.
Spirituality depends on the person. It is not always about religion.
Why it matters: For many people, spirituality is important throughout life and at the end of life. Spiritual pain may lead to a physical response (e.g., increased pain) or an emotional response (e.g., anxiety, depression, or anger).
What I need to know: Spiritual support is an important aspect of palliative care. Showing respect and support for a person’s spirituality can reduce the distress of being ill or dying.
People may appreciate opportunity for discussion with chaplaincy staff, spiritual care practitioners, or faith representatives.