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Spirituality and Social Work Practice in Palliative Care 

Spirituality and Social Work Practice in Palliative Care
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Spirituality and Social Work Practice in Palliative Care
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Dona J. Reese

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10.1093/med/9780199739110.003.0019
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date: 13 August 2020

This textbook on palliative social work is a companion volume to the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine and the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. To that end, this chapter will accomplish the following:

Spirituality is the most important way of coping for many patients, families, and their intimate network.

Confrontation with a life-threatening illness can spur spiritual growth in patients, families, their intimate network, and the staff who work with them.

Palliative social workers have an important role in addressing spirituality with clients.

Spirituality can be defined in two dimensions: (1) philosophy of life, which is an intellectual dimension that includes philosophical, religious, nonreligious, and existential perspectives; and (2) unity consciousness, which is an experiential dimension that includes direct spiritual experience.

Transpersonal social work, Jungian theory, the biopsychosocial-spiritual model of care, along with deep ecology, can provide frameworks for interventions.

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