Easing existential distress in pediatric cancer care

Jennifer Currin-McCulloch, Tullio Proserpio, Marta Podda, Carlo Alfredo Clerici

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Children with serious illnesses may have special needs that are not strictly clinical in nature and that are not always easily discerned. The capacity to detect and respond to this type of need becomes an increasingly important focus in palliative care. Spiritual care falls within this sphere of interest, for both the child with an illness and their family. In the care of children with advanced cancer and other life-threatening illnesses, spiritual care providers partner with families as they navigate a life-threatening illness, offering empathy, spiritual companionship, and guidance in balancing personal beliefs, values, and medical decision-making. This chapter will explore the history and study of spiritual care of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families and present practical approaches for spiritual screening and intervention, as well as mechanisms for enhancing the infrastructure within healthcare settings to promote exemplary spiritual care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Oncology
Number of pages13
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NamePediatric Oncology
ISSN (Print)1613-5318
ISSN (Electronic)2191-0812

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology


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