Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers

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What did I do to deserve cancer?I don't understand it, but I can't seem to pray anymore. Why does God seem so far away?The idea of dying scares me. How can I cope?

What do you say to a person in crisis? When illness or tragedy strikes, you may find yourself caring for a family member, friend or neighbor who asks you for answers to some of life's ultimate questions. How can you meet these deep spiritual needs?

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Overview

What did I do to deserve cancer?I don't understand it, but I can't seem to pray anymore. Why does God seem so far away?The idea of dying scares me. How can I cope?

What do you say to a person in crisis? When illness or tragedy strikes, you may find yourself caring for a family member, friend or neighbor who asks you for answers to some of life's ultimate questions. How can you meet these deep spiritual needs?

This personal and practical book deals with the difficult issues and sensitive situations that caregivers often confront. Judy Shelly explains how to offer spiritual support to those facing suffering, illness or other crises.

Shelly considers a variety of suggestions caregivers can put into action, including Christian community, compassionate presence, prayer, Scripture, books, touch and music. In addition, she explains and evaluates alternative therapies that have become popular in the health care and counseling fields. And finally, she reminds caregivers of the need to care for themselves, offering suggestions for finding rest, advice and encouragement.

Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers is a classic resource book that is now completely rewritten for all caregivers (not just medical professionals and pastors). Here is the guide that will help you meet the spiritual needs of those you love with grace, skill and genuine hope.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830822522
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2000
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 542,582
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Allen Shelly, R.N., B.S.N., M.A., D.Min., is publications director for Nurses Christian Fellowship, director of NCF Press and former editor of the Journal of Christian Nursing. Her editorial work has won numerous awards from the Evangelical Press Association.

Shelly has written many books including Spiritual Care: A Guide for Caregivers (IVP, 2000) and The Changing Face of Health Care (Eerdmans, 1998). Her articles have appeared in journals such as Ethics and Medicine, Christian Counseling Today and Christian Bioethics. She has also been an adjunct professor at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea, and at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

PrefacePart 1: What Is Spiritual Care?
1. Spirituality & Health
2. Assessing Spiritual Needs
3. Breaking the Spiritual Care BarrierPart 2: Doing Spiritual Care
4. The Worshiping Community
5. Compassionate Presence
6. Prayer
7. The Bible
8. The Power of TouchPart 3: Caring for the Caregiver
9. The Family Caregiver
10. Caring for Yourself
11. Developing a Spiritual Care Team
Notes
Further Reading
Resources
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