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Spiritual Care: Compassion and Service to Others

Christina M. Puchalski

in A Time for Listening and Caring

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780195146820
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199999866 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195146820.003.0003
Spiritual Care: Compassion and Service to Others

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This chapter discusses the importance of compassion and service in providing spiritual care in the palliative care sector, describing the cases of 85-year-old Miles, Estelle, and Itny. It also outlines some of the elements of spiritual care, which include compassionate presence and love for another, reverence for mystery, healing as partnership, and self-care of the caregiver.

Keywords: compassion; service; spiritual care; palliative care; reverence; mystery; self-care

Chapter.  7848 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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