Spiritual Care Guide in Hospice∙Palliative Care

J Hosp Palliat Care. 2023 Dec 1;26(4):149-159. doi: 10.14475/jhpc.2023.26.4.149.


The Spiritual Care Guide in Hospice∙Palliative Care is evidence-based and focuses on the universal and integral aspects of human spirituality-such as meaning and purpose, interconnectedness, and transcendence-which go beyond any specific religion. This guide was crafted to improve the spiritual well-being of adult patients aged 19 and older, as well as their families, who are receiving end-of-life care. The provision of spiritual care in hospice and palliative settings aims to assist patients and their families in finding life's meaning and purpose, restoring love and relationships, and helping them come to terms with death while maintaining hope. It is recommended that spiritual needs and the interventions provided are periodically reassessed and evaluated, with the findings recorded. Additionally, hospice and palliative care teams are encouraged to pursue ongoing education and training in spiritual care. Although challenges exist in universally applying this guide across all hospice and palliative care organizations in Korea-due to varying resources and the specific environments of medical institutions-it is significant that the Korean Society for Hospice and Palliative Care has introduced a spiritual care guide poised to enhance the spiritual well-being and quality of care for hospice and palliative care patients.

Keywords: Education; Hospice care; Palliative care; Spirituality.

Publication types

  • Review

Grants and funding

Funding/Support This study was supported by the Health Promotion Fund, Ministry of Health & Welfare, Republic of Korea (2360110-1).