1st Edition

Virtual Reality for Serious Illness

Edited By Kathleen D. Benton, Teri Yarbrow Copyright 2025
    212 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 33 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Virtual Reality for Serious Illness explores the important role virtual reality interventions can play in symptom management, anxiety control, and spiritual meaning. The book focuses on cutting-edge research and its effects on the seriously ill and those who treat the seriously ill. The innovation in this book is twofold: It is a global look at the use of virtual reality in complex medical cases where it takes an interdisciplinary look at use of virtual reality, and it includes a strong focus on the spiritual healing resulting from the meaning and purpose found during this intervention.

    The book is written for professionals who use holistic healing measures in the scope of treatment for chronic and seriously ill patients. It is written for all disciplines acting in holistic healthcare healing, including physicians, chaplains, nurses, and informatics interventionists.


    1. Case Studies in Virtual Reality
    Dr. Kathleen Benton and Teri Yarbrow

    2. Disconnect between Humanity and Medicine
    Dr. Kathleen Benton, Nidhi A. Patel, and Erin Allen

    3. The Application of VR in Mental-Health Care
    Dr. Yee Hui Yeo and Dr. Brennan M.R. Spiegel

    4. Virtual Reality in Children and Adolescents with Pain and Palliative-Care Needs
    Dr. Anna Zanin, Anna Mercante, and Dr. Franca Benini

    5. Healing the Palliative Practitioner
    Dr. Jose Ferrer Costa

    6. Creating Awe: Virtual Reality for Palliative and End-of-Life Patients
    Teri Yarbrow

    7. The Art of Immersive Storytelling with Bio-Data
    Sarah Hill

    8. Aesthetic Experiences in Healthcare
    Marta Pizzolante, Marianna Graziosi, Dr. David B. Yaden, and Dr. Alice Chirico

    9. Skill Sets of the Facilitator
    Dr. Kathleen Benton, Teri Yarbrow, Nidhi A. Patel, and Erin Allen


    Kathleen D. Benton, DrPH, MA, is the president and CEO for a Savannah-area hospice and palliative care organization. Previously, she served as the director of ethics and palliative care at St. Joseph’s/Candler Hospital for over a decade.

    Teri Yarbrow, MFA, MS, is the president and CEO of MagikaVRx, founder of Creating AWE, a VR evangelist, and professor of immersive medicine at the Mercer University School of Medicine

    There’s a revolution in healthcare that is being led by medical extended reality. Virtual Reality for Serious Illness brings together some of the leading voices who share their experience, insights, and passion for this innovative new field. It’s a great resource for medical students and professionals and for the artists and creative technologists who want to help create virtual experiences for patients in need, or as we say, VR for good. The amazing case studies alone will make the readers join the ranks of medical VR evangelists."

    Max Almy, MFA, former dean of creative technology at the Savannah College of Art and Design


    “This book is on the leading edge and is immensely valuable.”

    Sara Plaspohl, DrPH, CHES, formerly associate dean of Waters College of Health Professions