When Sickness Heals: The Place of Religious Belief in Healthcare

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Templeton Foundation Press, Apr 1, 2006 - Medical - 149 pages
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In When Sickness Heals, Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool draws on more than ten years of studies on health benefits in relation to spirituality, especially focusing on the function of "meaning." He expounds on his theory that healing is primarily the function of meaning, and meaning transcends sickness and even death itself. He concludes that what people ultimately seek in life is the healing of their souls. 

Sorajjakool brings many Eastern and Western resources to his conversation on health, meaning, and healing. He incorporates the perspectives of theologians and philosophers like Paul Tillich, Carl Jung, Søren Kierkegaard, Raimundo Panikkar, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and John Macquarrie; as well as references to religious texts, including yin and yang, and alchemy.

A clear, distinct understanding of spirituality in clinical contexts is presented, with an argument for the role of meaning in the healing process, based on evidence that there may be healing even in the face of death. Sorajjakool identifies the transitional processes people may go through as they seek to make sense of their experiences during a health crisis. He suggests an alternative approach to spiritual assessment and provides methods of spiritual care that speak to the soul.


 
 

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Contents

Spirituality Toward a Definition
1
Religion
10
Illness Meaning and Miracles
21
Illness and the Developmental Task
31
Integration in Theology and Religious Symbols
43
Spirituality and Integration in Mental Health
55
Integration The Case of Søren Kierkegaard
69
Spiritual Assessment
80
Spiritual Care
88
Appendix 1 Definition of Terms
101
Raimundo Panikkar Paul Tillich and Carl Jung
105
Appendix 3 Diagnosis of Søren Kierkegaard
113
Notes
121
Bibliography
139
Index
145
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Dr. Siroj Sorajjakool is professor of religion, psychology, and counseling at Loma Linda University and pastoral counseling supervisor at Loma Linda and at Claremont School of Theology. He has a PhD in theology and personality from Claremont School of Theology. He has published extensively in Thai and English.

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