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See also:
* Completing the Continuum of ALS Care, Appendix A ( PDF 85 KB / 1 page)
- Better Spiritual Care: Facing Death and Finding Hope
* Completing the Continuum of ALS Care, Appendix B ( PDF 835 KB / 62 pages)
- Bereavement, Care Givers, and Quality of Life

Block SD. “Psychological Considerations, Growth, and Transcendence at the End of Life.” Journal of the American Medical Association, 285: 2898-2905, 2001.

Breitbart W, Heller, K. “Reframing Hope: Meaning-Centered Care for Patients Near the End of Life.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 6(6): 979-988, 2003.

Byock I. “The Meaning and Value of Death.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 5(2): 279-288, 2002.

Craig E and Craig R. “Prison Hospice: An Unlikely Success.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 16: 725-729, 1999.
(Volunteers of America, Inc.)

Craig R. “Easing the Passage: The Chaplain’s View of Prison Hospice.” Journal of Correctional Health Care: Special Issue: End-of-Life Care in Corrections, 9(2): 2002.
(Volunteers of America, Inc.)

Holmes S and Rabow MW. “The Role of Spiritual Care in the General Medicine Clinic.” Journal of Palliative Medicine (Abstract), 15(S1): 71, 2000.
(University of California –San Francisco)

Lo B, Ruston D, Kates LW, “Discussing Religious and Spiritual Issues at the End of Life: A Practical Guide for Physicians.” Journal of the American Medical Association,
287: 749-754, 2002.

Pace JC and Stables JL. “Correlates of Spiritual Well-Being in Terminally Ill Persons with AIDS and Terminally Ill Persons with Cancer.” Journal of the Association of Nurses, 8: 31-42, 1997.

Parker-Oliver D. “Redefining Hope for the Terminally Ill.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 19: 115-120, 2002.

Pitorak EF, Armour MB and Sivec HD. “Project Safe Conduct Integrates Palliative Goals into Comprehensive Cancer Care.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 6(4): 645-655, 2003.

Post SG, Puchalski CM and Larson DB. “Physicians and Patient Spirituality: Professional Boundaries, Competency, and Ethics.” American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 132: 578-583, 2000.

Puchalski CM. “Spirituality and End-of-Life Care: A Time for Listening and Caring.” Journal of Palliative Medicine, 5(2): 289-294, 2002.

Rabow MW, Dibble SL, Pantilat SJ, McPhee SJ. “A Controlled Trial of Outpatient End-of-Life Care: Psychological and Spiritual Well-Being [Abstract]. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 17(S1):181, 2002.
(University of California – San Francisco)

Roussseau P. “Spirituality and the Dying Patient.” Journal of Clinical Oncology, 18: 2000-2002, 2000.

Speck P, Higginson I, Addington-Hall. “Spiritual Needs in Health Care.” British Journal of Medicine, 329: 123-124, 2004.


Cassidy, S. Sharing the Darkness: The Spirituality of Caring. Maryknoll, New York: Orbis Books, 1991.

Longaker, C. Facing Death and Finding Hope: A Guide to the Emotional and Spiritual Care of the Dying. New York: Doubleday, 1997.


Rabow MW. “Spiritual and Existential Suffering and Opportunity.” In End-of-Life Pearls, Philadelphia, PA: Hanley and Belfus, 2002.


Cohen, J. Farewell, My Friend: An Interfaith Conversation on Caring at the End of Life. Written for Life’s End Institute and available at

Honoring the Mystery: A Practical Guide for the Spirit Near Life’s End.

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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families.