Lori Casey BSN MDiv., BCC-PCHAC

Dina, very good question, and in my humble opinion I think the number one need of the palliative patients we cared for  was  “peace.”  Whether it was peace through the resolution of excruciating pain/symptoms or existential peace or spiritual peace, patients and their families needed/need relief  (or coping tools)  for their suffering.   That said, I think spiritual peace trumps all other needs  (and I am a fan of Dame Cicely Saunders “total pain” model) because even though their pain may be relieved, at a deeper level their spiritual belief(s) underlies their personal hope (or fears) for coping with pain, existential issues, and ultimately their own mortality.

I know I keep saying this, but I will post more after church and the celebration of our pastor retiring after decades of ministry.