Chapter 2 seeks to advance a more nuanced understanding of spirituality as spiritual diversity has implications for patients in need of hospice care. This includes an overview of perspectives and challenges associated with defining spirituality as found in research across disciplines. Spiritual diversity, due to, for example, nationality and religion, can be significant factors in the caregiving relationship (Holloway, Adamson, McSherry, & Swinton, 2011). Challenges in defining spirituality can be negotiated by drawing from a patient’s spiritual worldview, as indicated by a patient’s spiritual needs and resources. Ultimately, hospice social workers are responsible for cultivating a therapeutic relationship that a patient experiences as spiritually supportive.
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