Culture and spirituality

At end of life, spiritual and cultural beliefs may have an increased significance for the person and their loved ones. Giving the appropriate support may enhance the positive experience for all.

Cultural needs

You can address cultural and religious needs by communicating with people about what is important to them.

Each person will have cultural, spiritual and religious beliefs that will shape the care you give. Be mindful that:

  • for some people spirituality may be linked to a belief system and for others it may be about finding meaning in what is happening
  • having a conversation and listening to people will help you understand and meet their needs
  • you don’t need to share a person’s values to respect them
  • a person may have rituals that they may need you to support them with before or after death
  • you won’t know what’s important to people unless you ask them
  • it is not possible to provide all the answers and a person may need further support by referral to a specialist team

The following clip demonstrates the impact of not respecting cultural values.

The following clip demonstrates how staff can respect cultural values.

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