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In this episode two families recall their experiences of caring for their children, and consider what hope and spirituality mean to them, and how their views may change over time.
Aspects of hope and spirituality in paediatric palliative care (PPC) are unique to every child and family, and closely attuned to a family’s beliefs, attitudes, values, and culture. Caring for a child and family’s spirit should be seen as a vital component of holistic PPC, along with the physical, psychological and social components of care. The role of spiritual care takes on greater importance as a child approaches the end of their life. While some children and families feel conflicted about hope and spirituality, many seek opportunities to find meaning, purpose, and fulfilment in their lives. In recalling their experiences of caring for their children, two families consider what hope and spirituality mean to them, and how their views may change over time.