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EAPC Task Force on Spiritual Care in Palliative Care


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What is Spiritual Care?

The WHO definition of palliative care encompasses meeting the spiritual (care) needs of patients, their family and caregivers in all settings. The spiritual care task force has embraced the following working definition and comment:

Spirituality is the dynamic dimension of human life that relates to the way persons (individual and community) experience, express and/or seek meaning, purpose and transcendence, and the way they connect to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, to the significant and/or the sacred.

The spiritual field is multidimensional:

  1. Existential challenges (e.g. questions concerning identity, meaning, suffering and death, guilt and shame, reconciliation and forgiveness, freedom and responsibility, hope and despair, love and joy).
  2. Value based considerations and attitudes (what is most important for each person, such as relations to oneself, family, friends, work, things nature, art and culture, ethics and morals, and life itself).
  3. Religious considerations and foundations (faith, beliefs and practices, the relationship with God or the ultimate). 

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Aims & objectives 2015 - 2017

The aims and objectives of the spiritual care task force is to encourage all members of the EAPC to support spiritual care in palliative care through:

  • Research
  • Education
  • Implementation



Time Step  

2017 Spain

Task force meets in Madrid, June 2017.   
2016 Ireland: Task force meets in Dublin, June 2016  
2015 Denmark: Task force meets at GNSAH in Copenhagen  
2014 Spain: Task force meets in Lleida  
2013 Czech Republic: Task force meets in Prague, May-June 2013.  
2012 Norway: Task force meets in Trondheim, June 2011.  
2011 Portugal: Final set-up of the task force in Lisbon, May 2011  
2010 The Netherlands: Aims and objectives were set at the conference in October, 2010.  
2010 The task force was established.  


Carlo Leget, University of Humanistic Studies, Utrecht, The Netherlands

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Joep van de Geer, Spiritual Care, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

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Maria Teresa Garcia-Baquero Merino
St. Christopher's Hospital, London

Marie-José H. E. Gijsberts
MD, Elderly care physician/ Researcher EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Andrew Goodhead
St Christopher's Hospice, South-East London

Dr. Piret Paal, Anthropologist

Researcher and Facilitator of WHO Collaborating Centre at the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria

Bella Vivat
Senior Research Associate, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department, University College London

Marijke Wulp


For more information about the taskforce please send an email to Marijke Wulp


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