Book review: Assessing and Communicating the Spiritual Needs of Children in Hospital
An exploration of children’s spirituality.
Assessing and Communicating the Spiritual Needs of Children in Hospital: A New Guide for Healthcare Professionals and Chaplains
Alister Bull | Jessica Kingsley Publishers | £16.99 | 144pp | ISBN: 9781849056373
Written by an experienced health care chaplain, this book begins by stating that the term ‘spirituality’ has been so over used that it has become diluted of meaning. Its title, therefore, is a misnomer.
Nevertheless, the book represents some superb work with children.
It demonstrates an interesting way forward in our quest to assess and communicate the nature of children’s spirituality, or as the author puts it, connectedness.
According to the book, the epicentre of a child’s being and spirituality is the point of their connectedness to themselves, the people around them and their world – which may or may not include a reference to religion.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to any postgraduate nurse or healthcare professional working with seriously ill children.
Reviewed by Gosia Brykczyńska, former nurse and freelance writer