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  • What Does Spirituality Mean?
  • Giving Meaning to the End of Life

What Does Spirituality Mean?

Spirituality refers to much more than just going to church. Spirituality includes ideas that come from organized religion as well as the deeper questions we all have about why we are here and where we are going.

When people face life threatening illnesses, spiritual issues can be both a source of concern and comfort. Spiritual distress may result in feelings of depression, low self-esteem, loneliness, anger, bitterness, fear and unrelieved physical symptoms.

Giving Meaning to the End of Life

Some people are not interested or not comfortable in discussing spiritual issues with their health care practitioner. Whatever your religious or spiritual beliefs are it may help to take some time to consider the following "Four Rs for the Spirit" (Lynn J. and Harold J. Handbook for Mortals. Oxford University Press, 1999, pg 30).

We have tried to make the How's Your Health error-free. However, those involved in its preparation can not warrant that all of the information is accurate and complete. When you use How's Your Health as a guide for your health and medical care, be sure to discuss any questions about it with your doctor, nurse, or other health care worker.