Ritualization as Alternative Approach to the Spiritual Dimension of Palliative Care: A Concept Analysis

Kim van der Weegen*, Martin Hoondert, Madeleine Timmermann, Agnes van der Heide

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The spiritual dimension is considered to be a central component of palliative care. However, healthcare professionals have difficulties incorporating the spiritual dimension into their everyday practice. We propose a new approach by looking beyond the mere functionality of care practices. Rituals and ritualized practices can serve to express and communicate meanings and values. This article explores how ritualized practices have the ability to open up space for the spiritual dimension of care in the context of palliative care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2036-2046
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Ritual
  • Ritualization
  • Palliative care
  • End of life
  • Spiritual care
  • END

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