Originally published as:
Somasundram, D. (2013). Spirituality. In E.Chang & A. Johnson (Eds.), Living with Dementia (pp 124-131). Camberwell, Australia: ACER Press.
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Somasundram, Drene, "Spirituality" (2013). Nursing and Health Book Chapters. 4.