A Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and Dying

A Time for Listening and Caring: Spirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and Dying

by Christina M. Puchalski
     
 

This book is a thoughtful, informative, and practical guide for anyone involved in caring for the seriously and chronically ill or dying. The connection between spirituality and medicine has been receiving a lot of attention in both the scientific and lay presses recently, but research and anecdotal evidence all indicate that spirituality is central to the care of

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This book is a thoughtful, informative, and practical guide for anyone involved in caring for the seriously and chronically ill or dying. The connection between spirituality and medicine has been receiving a lot of attention in both the scientific and lay presses recently, but research and anecdotal evidence all indicate that spirituality is central to the care of the chronically ill and dying. It is therefore critical that healthcare providers who interact with seriously ill patients know how to address their spiritual needs.

This book presents current thinking on how spiritual care can be integrated into traditional caregiving. Part one discusses aspects of spirituality, such as presence, ethics, and relationships. Part two delves into a number of specific religious and theological traditions. Part three offers practical applications and tools, including storytelling, psychotherapy, dance, music, and the arts. Part four focuses on patients' stories and reflections. The book concludes with appendices that have sample advance directives for Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim patients.

Volume editor Christina Puchalski is the director of the George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health. She is also an associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University Medical Center and an active practicing physician and medical educator. Dr. Puchalski is nationally and internationally recognized as a pioneer in the integration of spirituality and healthcare. Chapters are authored by an impressive group of medical and religious experts, and patients' stories also appear throughout, offering real-world examples. The book features a foreword by the Dalai Lama.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195311785
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
06/22/2006
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)

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George Washington University Medical Center

Table of Contents

1The role of spirituality in the care of seriously ill, chronically ill, and dying patients5
2Spirituality in palliative care : an ethical imperative27
3Spiritual care : compassion and service to others39
4Spiritual stages of dying55
5The spiritual issues faced by children and adolescents at the end of life83
6The healthcare professional as person : the spirituality of providing care at the end of life101
7On sacred ground - the role of chaplains in the care of the dying : a partnership between the religious community and the healthcare community115
8A Buddhist approach to end-of-life care131
9Spirituality in end-of-life care from a Catholic perspective : reflections of a hospital chaplain139
10Building bridges : the Protestant perspective155
11Spirituality in palliative care - a Hindu perspective171
12Faith and Islamic issues at the end of life183
13Spirituality, suffering, and prayerful presence within Jewish tradition193
14Ojibwe beliefs and rituals in end-of-life care215
15Spiritual care : practical tools229
16Caring for patients at the end of life : honoring the patient's story253
17Meaning-centered group psychotherapy for cancer patients269
18Reflections on dance and music therapy in palliative care283
19"Waking dreams" : the arts : a nondenominational tool for reconnecting spirituality and medicine299
20The role of music at the end of life319
21Grief : a wall or a door331
22Transformation and redemption through the dark night of the soul345
23Rhonda - patient as teacher353
24Hope for the future361

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