Relationality as the basis of hope
embodied experiences during life-threatening illness
In this chapter we will give examples of embodied experiences during life-threatening illness from various empirical studies conducted through the years. Through our research, we add more the-oretical knowledge on hope and despair of those suffering from cancer and AIDS. We have seen a great need to formulate a relational theology in the context of embodied experiences during the process of life-threatening illness. Relational theology will consider both the positive and negative aspects of human relations between themselves and God.