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2 Spirituality and the Sick Child Does it matter?

3 The Challenge to take it seriously... Spirituality in all children, Not dependent on religious background, Childhood – a natural habitat for spiritual encounter (Hay and Nye, The Spirit of the Child, 2006)

4 First step for spiritual care...take the high view Cultivate a generous, open expectation that spiritual life is a reality for children

5 Baseline features of children’s spirituality Erratic Individual signature Non compartmentalised, integrated Multi lingual Self taught often Not just fluffy moments – about tension too. (Nye, R Children’s Spirituality Church House Press)

6 Attention to the sick child per se ? Family Spirituality/ Child Spirituality Misjudging ‘child protection’ ‘What really really matters?’

7 Flexible Resources for Diverse Needs Developing the best ever resource for spiritual care of sick children?

8 Word based Emotion Based Image Based Action Based (Bellous and Csinos 2009)

9 Spiritual Care for Children Essentials Checklist S pace P rocess I magination R elationship I ntimacy T rust

10 Space

11 Process

12 Imagination

13 Relationship

14 Intimacy

15 Trust

16 Spiritual Care for Children Essentials Checklist S pace P rocess I magination R elationship I ntimacy T rust

17 Further Information Children’s Spirituality: What it is and Why it matters Rebecca Nye (2009) Church House Press Godly Play Storytelling And Spirituality Training Courses offered or can be requested to suit See Or contact


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