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Help for Hospice Staff: Meaningful Rituals

December 14, 2016

(Medscape) – Rituals are symbolic activities that can provide comfort, meaning, and support and relieve anxiety associated with uncertainties, such as those faced at the end of life. Rituals offer opportunities for shared experiences and can be an important part of the healing process. For clinicians who care for dying patients and their family members, rituals can offer a way to channel their responses to the secondary traumatic stress of repeated exposure to suffering and death.

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