FeaturesSpirituality in Caregiving and Care ReceivingTheis, Saundra L. RN, PhD; Biordi, Diana L. RN, PhD; Coeling, Harriet RN, PhD; Nalepka, Claire RN, EdD; Miller, Baila PhDAuthor Information Professor and Associate Dean, School of Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, Ashland, Oregon (Theis) Assistant Dean, Research Affairs and Graduate Affairs (Biordi) Associate Professor (Coeling) Professor Emeritus, College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (Nalepka) Professor, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio (Miller) This project was funded by the National Institute for Nursing Research, RO1 NR03532–01, Diana Biordi, Principal Investigator. Holistic Nursing Practice: January 2003 - Volume 17 - Issue 1 - p 48-55 Buy Abstract Spirituality is a part of holistic care for clients and families. This qualitative, descriptive study examined spirituality in 60 caregivers and 60 care receivers, equally divided between Caucasians and African Americans. Themes were coping (subthemes of formal religion and social support) and meaning (subthemes of positive attitude, retribution or reward, and all encompassing). Needs of caregivers and care receivers include opportunities for formal religion (communion, prayer), social support (visiting, respite), and interactions to assist them find meaning in their caregiving and care receiving. Implications for nurses include collaborating with clergy to support the spiritual needs of caregivers and care receivers. © 2003 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.