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VALE, Carla Cristina Soares de Oliveira do  and  LIBERO, Ana Carolina Abreu. The spirituality that inhabits the CTI. Mental [online]. 2017, vol.11, n.21, pp.321-338. ISSN 1679-4427.

During the vocational training period, held at ICU in Barbacena city General Hospital, it could be observed, mainly in visiting hours, how spirituality lies faced with the time of illness. No one plans to get sick, but when this occurs, there is a total mental/ emotional breakdown. In that moment, the importance of spirituality - that brings greater comfort and nurturing to those who experience such a situation, both the patients and their family - emerges. The relationship of spirituality to mental health has been increasing studied, hence the need to write about the experience on this subject. The ITC is already a place in itself distressing and feared by most people, since this is a sector of the hospital reserved for patients in serious health condition who may be at risk of death, bringing more fear to those that are hospitalized or who are there under specialized care. The fear of death, in this case, is much larger and painful, making necessary, then, identify the importance of spirituality during the admission process in ITC, from the observation of family and patients, specially, during visiting hours. Throughout the period of six months, being daily about three hours in that hospital sector, it could be seen as spirituality strengthens hope in the face of death, something so feared the majority of people.

Keywords : spirituality; Intensive Care Unit (ITC); death; sickness; humanization.

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