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

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Christina M. Puchalski
Oxford University Press, 2006 - Medical - 458 pages
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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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Contents

An Ethical Imperative
27
Spiritual Stages of Dying
55
The Spiritual Issues Faced by Children and Adolescents
83
The Spirituality
101
On Sacred GroundThe Role of Chaplains in the Care
115
LOBSANG RAPGAY
131
IO Building Bridges The Protestant Perspective
155
Spirituality in Palliative CareA Hindu Perspective
171
I8 Reflections on Dance and MusicTherapy in Palliative Care
283
A Nondenominational Tool for Reconnecting
299
A Wall or a Door
331
Transformation and Redemption through
345
RhondaPatient as Teacher
353
Hope for the Future
361
APPENDICES
367
COMPILED BY NINA A
387

I2 Faith and Islamic Issues at the End of Life
183
I3 Spirituality Suffering and Prayerful Presence within
193
I4 Ojibwe Beliefs and Rituals in EndofLife Care
215
I5 SpiritualCare PracticalTools
229
Honoring the
253
Meaning Centered Group Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients
269
Protestant Advance Directives
393
Catholic Advance Directives
407
Jewish Advance Directives
413
Muslim Advance Directives
423
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Christina M. Puchalski is at George Washington University Medical Center.

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