Spiritual Distress at the End of Life

Categories: Care.

This study day is for faith leaders, clinical staff, pastoral carers, chaplains and volunteers.

Living with a life-limiting illness raises many issues for those who are dying, their families and their faith communities. Those in a caring role may have some difficult conversations when a person is dying, which are sometimes very distressing.

The day aims to increase confidence and skills in having conversations with those who are dying and their families. We will explore helpful ways of responding to spiritual distress and offering support. Reflecting on our experiences can enrich the quality of our caring and there will be opportunities to experience reflective exercises developed by one of the facilitators to support the work of a palliative care pastoral team. The day is facilitated by a hospice chaplain and a nurse/education lead who have a wealth of experience of working in palliative and end of life care.

This study day will help participants to: 

  • Develop confidence in working with spiritual distress
  • Develop skills in talking with those who are dying and their families
  • Increase awareness of end of life care
  • Gain new reflective skills that may help with challenging conversations
  • Share experiences with one another

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