The last days of life can be extraordinary and special days, with many opportunities to bond. Every effort should be made to create an environment which cradles the dying patient in comfort and love. Small things can make a big difference. It is an opportunity to provide many little acts of loving kindness.

The spiritual challenge involves the very real search for larger meaning. As one draws closer to the place where perhaps two worlds meet, or where this life ends, one tends to increasingly enter the mysterious, unspoken realm. One definition of spirituality is as “an expression of how people relate to a larger whole -something greater than themselves – and how they find meaning in the midst of their suffering.”

The spiritual needs of the dying person include affirming meaning and purpose, having a sense of hope and connectedness, opportunities for religious practice and a feeling of transcendence.