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Partners in Healing: Bringing Compassion to People with Illness or Loss: A Handbook

Partners in Healing: Bringing Compassion to People with Illness or Loss: A Handbook

by Beverly Anne Musgrave, John R. BickleBeverly Anne Musgrave


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Partners in Healing is a unique and much-needed training program and text designed to help Christian pastoral volunteers who make home visits to the sick, the dying, the elderly, the needy, and their caregivers. It speaks to the crisis in our health care delivery systems, precipitated by shortened hospital stays.At the heart of the text are wide-ranging, instructive and sympathetic essays written by members of the program that offer practical and spiritual advice on such topics as the development of good listening skills and empathy, finding meaning in the experience of loss, and the problems faced by caregivers, particularly by women, who make up "73%" of home caregivers. Great emphasis is placed upon the nexus of Christian community that unites the sick and the well, the old and the young, those giving and receiving care. Here is a wise, informative and eminently useful book that addresses a concern facing all of us. This book · Is requisite for clergy of all faiths, social workers, volunteers, and church organizations who visit the sick and grieving or are learning to do so, and the families of the afflicted. · Includes instruction on prayer, meditation and contemplation; good listening skills and empathy; and dialoguing with the sick and the bereaved. · Includes numerous references from eminent theologians such as Paul Tillich, Martin Buber and Karl Rahner, to modern-day

Authors such as Janet Ruffing. This book is a 'how to' manual for that ministry in the 21st century. It is chock full of practical advice, sound psychology, and straightforward spirituality. —Daniel P. Sulmasy, O.F.M., M.D.,

Author of The Healer's Calling

Author Bio: Beverly Anne Musgrave, the founder of Partners in Healing, holds a Ph.D. in psychology and is assistant professor and co-director of pastoral counseling and spiritual care at the Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education of Fordham University. She has a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy. John R. Bickle resides in Philadelphia and serves as a consultant for institutions interested in improving the delivery of spiritual care services. He holds an M.S. degree in Health Administration from St. Joseph's University, Philadelphia, and an M.Div. degree from St. Anthony-on-Hudson School of Theology. He is a founding member of Partners in Healing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809141722
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/28/2003
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 7.84(w) x 8.86(h) x 0.25(d)

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