Sheila Killoran

Position: Music Therapist
Location: Tertiary Palliative Care Unit 43, Grey Nuns Community Hospital


Sheila Killoran MA, MTA, FAMI, is an Associate Professor at St. Stephen's College at the University of Alberta, and a Certified Music Therapist specializing in grief, bereavement, and the use of guided imagery and music at end-of-life. Sheila has worked for the last 15 years as a staff member of the Tertiary Palliative Care Program at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. Christine Enfield, M.Div., Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner (CASC) has been a program chaplain on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Hospital for 8 years. Christine's interest is growing in the art and science of assessing and treating spiritual pain and considers being present with people on their journey an honour and privilege. Dr. Noëlle Liwski Hanson, PhD, RPsych is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Divison of Palliative Medicine at the University of Alberta and works as a clinical psychologist on the Tertiary Palliatve Care Unit (TPCU) at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital. Prior to joining the team on the TPCU in 2019, she worked in the Department of Psychosocial and Spiritual Resources at the Cross Cancer Institute. She specializes in mindfulness and values-based treatment approaches, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).


Covid-19 has had a major impact on how palliative patients and their families experience the death and dying process. The impact of wearing masks, visitor restrictions, and social distance on the provision of psychosocial-spiritual care and end-of-life cultural rituals will be explored. Members of the Interdisciplinary team of a Tertiary Palliative Care Unit will discuss the challenges faced, and offer strategies to adapt psychosocial-spiritual care to maintain dignity while continuing to provide safety during a pandemic.

3 Learning Objectives

1) Identify challenges faced in providing psychosocial-spiritual care during Covid-19 Pandemic.

2) Reflect on the emotional elements inherent in death/ dying during a pandemic.

3) Recommend strategies and adaptations to provide safe psychosocial-spiritual care.

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