For Families & Patients

Palliative care supports people with a life-limiting illness and their families to live, die and grieve well.
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Cultural and spiritual wellbeing

Palliative care respects the needs of people from all spiritual, faith and cultural backgrounds, as well as people with no faith beliefs.

It is important that your spiritual and cultural needs and wishes are understood so they can be met. This may include: who is involved in decisions about your care, how care is provided, food requirements, interpreters, special food requirements, and what you wish to happen before and after death, etc.

Trained spiritual care workers (also called pastoral carers) and spiritual leaders such as priests, rabbis, reverends and imams can be called on to ensure your needs are met.

Trained interpreters and translated information are available in a range of community languages.

Listen to a podcast

  • What lifts your spirits? Finding peace and meaning at the end of life.

    This podcast is for people with a life limiting illness and their families. It aims to help people think about and focus on what matters most as the end of life approaches. Duration 4 minutes.

    Dr Bruce Rumbold is Director of the La Trobe University Palliative Care Unit in Melbourne.

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