How Palliative Care Can Help With Spiritual Concerns
Your palliative care team may include a spiritual advisor or
chaplain. Spiritual advisors can help you with questions that do not have clear
answers. It does not matter what your spirituality or religion is. Your beliefs
will be honored and respected.
You may want to talk to a spiritual advisor about:
People often assume that those diagnosed with a life-threatening illness will automatically experience depression.
True, people facing a serious illness are more likely than healthy people to suffer depression or anxiety. One study of terminally ill cancer patients, for example, found that at least 17% were clinically depressed.
But that's fewer than one in five patients. Not all people in need of palliative care will experience depression.
Experts point out that it's perfectly natural to feel...