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Something wonderful and incomprehensible: Expressions and experiences of spirituality among very old people
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7710-4367
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Department of Health Sciences, Åbo AkademiUniversity, Vasa, Finland.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3902-5008
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing. Umeå University, Arctic Research Centre at Umeå University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5191-4599
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5877-3458
2019 (English)In: Journal for the Study of Spirituality, ISSN 2044-0243, E-ISSN 2044-0251, Vol. 9, no 2, p. 125-137Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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This study aimed to illuminate very old people’s experiences and expressions of spirituality and is a part of the Umeå 85+/Gerontological Regional Database (GERDA). The participants (n = 12) had declared an interest in spirituality, were 86–99 years of age, and were interviewed in their own homes. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis. The findings revealed that spirituality was experienced as being in communion, transcending life’s circumstances, and living in a spiritual reality. Spirituality was expressed as an inner sense of communion with God and with other people, and as a spiritual reality. The participants expressed a desire to talk about spiritual experiences and personal beliefs but regarded spirituality as an uncommon topic. Nurses and other professionals need to be aware of spiritual needs and prepared to give spiritual care.

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Routledge, 2019. Vol. 9, no 2, p. 125-137
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Personal beliefs, spiritual needs, transcendence, Umeå 85+/GERDA, nursing, experiences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-163507DOI: 10.1080/20440243.2019.1658265ISI: 000491927400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85072014668OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-163507DiVA, id: diva2:1353730
Available from: 2019-09-24 Created: 2019-09-24 Last updated: 2019-11-20Bibliographically approved

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