For more information on the inclusion of children with disabilities in the church, go to the RampUP website
Children should receive support when faced with the adversities of healthcare interventions, including spiritual support. Spiritual care of the child in hospital should focus on the child, be a source of hope, communicate love, address guilt as well as include religious rituals that the child is familiar with.
Information on this topic is limited. Below are a number of academic articles that can be used to start a conversation on this important topic.
- Oberholzer, A.E. 2017. Relocating Religion Back to the Hospital: A Focus on Children’s Spiritual Care in Healthcare. Journal of Theology for Southern Africa, 157 (March): 120-134
- Oberholzer, A.E. 2016, Children’s experience of holiness in health care. Are we rendering effective spiritual care? HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies 72(4), 7 pages