The Role of Spirituality at End of Life in NS Black Community

The Role of Spirituality at End of Life in NS Black Community

September 10, 2014 News Research & Policy Uncategorized 0

 

This study used qualitative in-depth interviews and focus groups
to examine the role of spirituality at end of life (EOL) in Nova
Scotia’s Black community. We also examined data from another
research project that examined health issues in the Black com-
munity. The purpose of this research was to examine the issue of
spirituality from the perspective of family caregivers, and spiritual
leaders who have cared for someone who has died. More specifi-
cally, we explored how spirituality is expressed and how it serves as
a coping mechanism during times of suffering and hardship at the
EOL. Principal findings include the need for health providers to be
aware of the spiritual needs of families of African descent and to
include spirituality as a part of the EOL care plan.
KEYWORDS spirituality, end of life, African Canadian, palliative
care
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Role of Spirituality at End of Life in NS Black Community 2014