Exploring Spiritual Needs Of Children Facing Life-threatening Illness

Title

Exploring Spiritual Needs Of Children Facing Life-threatening Illness

Creator

Waldman E; Handzo G

Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.12.194

Publisher

Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management

Date

2016

Description

Objectives
Summarize the current state of our understanding
of spiritual needs of children facing lifethreatening
illness.
Learn basic skills for being a spiritual generalist
and how to begin exploring spiritual needs of
children facing life-threatening illness.
Many of those who work with children facing lifethreatening
illness report that these children have
complex spiritual needs. Yet, little is known about
the nature of these needs and what approaches
might be most suitable, especially for the generalist
without any training in pastoral care. There is
increasingly robust literature on the spiritual needs
of adults facing life-threatening illness. But the
literature from pediatrics remains limited; the subject
is particularly challenging because of developmental
issues, diverse cultural backgrounds, and a
hesitance on the part of many parents and clinicians
to explore this sensitive territory. After reviewing
the adult literature, we will review theories of
children’s spiritual development as well as review
in detail what peer-reviewed literature on spiritual
needs of children facing life-threatening illness
does exist. Having identified what we do and
don’t know, and where we may benefit from more
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research, we will go on to review some practical tips
and approaches to exploring spiritual needs of
these children. Skills reviewed will include approaches
to being a spiritual generalist, partnering
with other practitioners (such as chaplaincy and
child life), and adapting tools such as FICA in an
age- and developmentally-appropriate way to screen
for spiritual distress and to evaluate needs. We will
also introduce several examples of situations where
generalists might encounter challenges surrounding
evaluation of spiritual needs of children facing
life-threatening illness, along with discussion and
suggestions as to how such situations might be
safely navigated. Participants should emerge with
a basic understanding of spiritual needs of children
facing life-threatening illness, a grasp of what it
means to be a spiritual generalist, and some basic
tools for evaluation.

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Citation List Month

March 2016 List

Citation

Waldman E; Handzo G, “Exploring Spiritual Needs Of Children Facing Life-threatening Illness,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10565.

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