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


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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