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 recognised 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.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 799 g
Dimensions: 241 x 161 x 26 mm
The book delves into almost every aspect of spirituality and is a comprehensive guide for anyone whose work involves caring for individuals living with chronic illness or nearing the end of life...well-written and [it] teaches us that while not everyone has a religion, everyone does have spiritual needs. For those who seek to further their knowledge and broaden their perspective on the spiritual care of such patient's (sic) this book will be a useful resource to
have. * Oncology News, Vol 1:4 *
This is my Palliative Care Book of the Year! Anybody who works in palliative care will be enriched by reading this book. Although we nod and agree that spiritual care is an important and integral part of holistic palliative medicine, dealing with problems related to spirituality...is not easy for many palliative care workers...If you want to learn about all the other things you can or should be doing at the bedside, read this book. * Roger Woodruff, Director of Palliative Care, Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia *