Children should receive support when faced with the adversities of healthcare interventions, including spiritual support. They often have questions and concerns regarding life and death, and it is common for a child to harbour feelings of guilt when in hospital or diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. Discussions with a child should include religion and spirituality, and the 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. However, information on this topic is limited. Any information or discussion on this topic is welcome – please contact me if you can add to this discussion.
For more information on the inclusion of children with disabilities in the church, go to the RampUP website
HospiVision is a local non-profit organisation that provides spiritual, emotional, social and physical care to patients in hospital