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Spirituality in Hospice Care


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1. What is Spiritual Pain? Nigel Hartley, East Mountbatten Hospice. 2. The Need to Be Present to the Patient. Andrew Goodhead, St Christopher's Hospice. 3. Relationship, not Intervention. Ros Taylor, Hospice UK. 4. Offering Hope in Healthcare. Becky McGregor, Physiotherapist Early Mountbatten Hospice. 5. Relationship and Resilience. Pippa Hashemi, Volunteer, St Christopher's Hospice. 6. Total Pain and Diversity. Linda McEnhill, Educationalist, St Joseph's Hospice. 7. Exploring Spiritual Pain through the Arts. Olwen Minford, Psychotherapist, Kings College London. 8. Working with the Tension of Spirituality and Religion, Bob Whorton, Chaplain, Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice. 9. Spirituality and Vocation, Liz Arnold, Nurse, Earl Mountbatten Hospice. 10. Practicing Spiritual Care, Kostas Kontelias, Sally Mercer, Ninon VanDerKroft, Social Workers. 11. Conclusion, Andrew Goodhead and Nigel Hartley.

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Gives insight into how professionals and volunteers working in end of life care view and offer spiritual care

About the Author

Nigel Hartley has worked in End-of-Life Care for almost 30 years, between 2003 and 2015 as Director of Supportive Care at the St Christopher's Group, London where he was responsible for transforming day and outpatient services, developing volunteers and also leading on Community Engagement. He previously held posts at London Lighthouse, a Centre for those living with HIV/AIDS, and also at Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford. He has a postgraduate qualification in management from Ashridge Business School, England and has an international reputation as a teacher and lecturer. Nigel also sits on the Editorial Board of the journal 'Mortality' - which promotes the interdisciplinary study of death and dying. He is a Visiting Academic at the University of Southampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is currently Chief Executive Officer at Earl Mountbatten Hospice on the Isle of Wight in the South of England.


This book opens up the idea of what 'spiritual' means in wholly original ways, finding it in the lived human experience of dying people and those who accompany them. Honest, open and moving, it takes the questions way beyond the hospice. Valuable reading for anyone involved in providing - or receiving - healthcare. -- Jessica Rose, writer and psychotherapist
This new look at spiritual care demonstrates the importance of a multi-professional approach. It seeks to re-integrate spirituality with other aspects of care by professional care-givers and volunteers recognising and responding to spiritual needs through developing a compassionate and attentive relationship with the patient and family. Practical examples help clarify the how and why of spiritual care and its relevance for carers. -- Prebendary Dr Peter Speck, Hon Senior Lecturer (Palliative Care), Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London
This book brings together a compelling blend of personal reflection, practical experience, and conceptual exploration of a profoundly important area. Its contributors are often movingly and refreshingly honest, and their collected breadth of experience comes together into a whole that will be deeply thought-provoking for practitioners and non-specialists alike. -- Bishop Christopher, Portsmouth Diocese

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