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Spiritual Care


Overview & Objectives

Spiritual care has always played a role in caring for the terminally ill and dying. This module is an overview of the fundamentals of spiritual care in hospice including the definition of spiritual care, guidelines and standards for chaplains and spiritual counselors, the spiritual assessment, and spiritual distress. It also includes a discussion of spiritual support related to the interdisciplinary team and hospice aides. The learning objectives for this module include:

  • Define the difference between spirituality and religion
  • Describe Medicare guidelines and professional standards for spiritual care
  • Discuss the fundamentals of spiritual care
  • Review the components of a spiritual assessment
  • Describe the signs and symptoms of spiritual distress and interventions
  • Apply principles of spiritual support by hospice aides


  • Learning Module
  • Module Extra: Summary of Major Religions
  • Test Questions
  • Instructor Answer Key
  • Attendance Sheet
  • Evaluation Form
  • Certificate of Attendance