What Is Spirituality?

  • Elizabeth WeathersEmail author


This introductory chapter explores contemporary understandings of spirituality and introduces the reader to spirituality and related concepts. It defines spirituality, spiritual distress and related concepts and describes associated key attributes. It gives the reader an understanding of the difficulties encountered with defining spirituality. The importance of spirituality is emphasised and expanded within a modern healthcare context. Practical resources, including websites and case studies, are provided to help the reader to explore their own spirituality and understand spiritual assessment and how to address the spiritual needs of others.


Spirituality Spiritual assessment Self-reflection Spiritual distress Spiritual care 



Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organisations


North American Nursing Diagnosis Association


Royal College of Nursing


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Thanks to Fiona Timmins and Silvia Caldeira for the opportunity to author a chapter for this exciting new book. I also wish to acknowledge James Collins for his support of everything I try to achieve in life (the big things and the little things).


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  1. 1.Ion Beam Applications (IBA)Ottignies-Louvain-la-NeuveBelgium

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