Family and Patient Spiritual Narratives in the ICU: Bridging Disclosures through Compassion

  • Simon Lasair
  • Shane SinclairEmail author


In the research literature, intensive care units (ICUs) have often been called dehumanizing and alienating due to the intensiveness, invasiveness, and technologically oriented nature of ICU interventions. This chapter examines how these dynamics can be counterbalanced by healthcare providers (“providers”) practicing compassionate and spiritually sensitive care. Drawing upon healthcare research on spirituality, narrative, and compassion, this chapter articulates a clinical model and mnemonic providers can use to engage patients and families on a personal level in the ICU, with the goal of bringing a more compassionate, spiritually sensitive, and human dynamic into the delivery of care in this clinical context.


Spirituality Religion Narrative Compassion ICU Spiritual care Religious care Compassionate care 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Compassion Research Lab, Faculty of NursingUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada

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