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Spirituality in End-of-Life Care from a Catholic Perspective: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain

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/9780195146820.003.0009
Spirituality in End-of-Life Care from a Catholic Perspective: Reflections of a Hospital Chaplain

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This chapter describes the spirituality in end-of-life care from a Catholic perspective and from the experiences of a hospital chaplain, discussing the spiritual needs of people facing the end of life as well as the needs of their family members and/or loved ones. It identifies the beliefs and principles of the Catholic Church with regards to life and death and the sacraments and rituals specific to the Catholic Church, and also explains the obligations and relationships essential for professional or lay caregivers regardless of specialty.

Keywords: spirituality; end of life; Catholic Church; hospital chaplain; life and death; sacraments; lay caregivers

Chapter.  7407 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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