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Spirituality and Hospice Social Work$
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Ann M. Callahan

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171731

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171731.001.0001

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Spiritual Suffering

Spiritual Suffering

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Spirituality and Hospice Social Work

Ann M. Callahan

Columbia University Press

Chapter 4 explores the experience of spiritual suffering and how spiritual suffering might influence other aspects of biopsychosocial functioning. Spirituality can have a profound effect on how patients cope with terminal illness (Hills, Pace, Cameron, & Shott, 2005; Lukoff, n.d.), which can be a source of relief or significant distress (Peteet & Balboni, 2013; Edwards, Pang, Shiu, & Chan, 2010; Murray, Kendall, Boyd, Worth, & Benton, 2004; Puchalski, 2008c; Pargament, Feuille, & Burdzy, 2011). There are a variety of resources can help patients build and/or sustain spiritual resilience as they face the end of life. This chapter ends with a call for hospice social workers to cultivate a type of therapeutic relationship that serves as a spiritual resource for every patient.

Keywords:   spiritual pain, spiritual suffering, spiritual resources, spiritual coping, spiritual resilience

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