• Peter W. Speck Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.




chaplaincy, spiritual care, support, narrative theory, spirituality


Effective spiritual care must truly interact with its recipients in order to discern need and to engage in a mutual process of exploration. Spiritual carers should be a resource in the individual's search for meaning and purpose, and a support through the sometimes painful re-examination of beliefs in the face of some life crisis. To be effective the carer must have personally engaged with the existential issues which arise. Support for spiritual caregivers is essential in order to increase self knowledge, address sources of anxiety, and work through the difficult feelings which engagement with another person at this level will arouse.

Author Biography

  • Peter W. Speck, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.

    Peter W. Speck is Visiting Fellow (Faculty of Medicine) Southampton, Hon Senior Research Fellow, King's College London. (Dept. Palliative Care & Policy), former Chaplaincy Team Leader, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust.


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How to Cite

Speck, P. (2013). SPIRITUAL CARE IN HEALTH CARE. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 7(1), 21-25. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v7i1.21