Žaneta Valiulienė



Spirituality is an opinion for a life. It shows how a person evaluates events of life and other people, how he reacts in a communication with them. Spirituality gives a true meaning for a life; it is a purpose of life. Such spirituality have many people and follow it, although consciously maybe do not conceptualize it. Everything, what means life for these people, who they should be, determines a collection of advance attitudes.

Spirituality is related with any religious and moral worth that specifically evidence as a life attitude or such a view, which gives a basis for actions. Spiritual problems can change in any period of a human life, but they become more topic if is realising that he will soon die. A strong religious belief makes lower a spiritual tension and worry of an ill person and fear of death.

Religion is a basis of spiritual power, but spirituality can not be evidenced with religiosity of a human – these are two different things, but each other complementing phenomenon.

In a palliative care a religious help for patients enters into a more widely sphere of health pastoral care, i.e. participation and activity of church, having an aim to declare a worth and favour of a God for those, who suffer and those, who take care for suffering. A spiritual care should be understood as a long journey, where a carer should be resolved to accompany his patient until his death. Carer should have delicate skills of therapy communication: active listening, researching, analysing, empathy. It is very important to stimulate a patent to speak, to express his feelings and accumulated emotions for giving a spiritual help for him.

Keyword(s): Spirituality, pastoral care.
DOI: 10.5200/34
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