Spirituality, Suffering, and Prayerful Presence within Jewish Tradition

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:
Spirituality, Suffering, and Prayerful Presence within Jewish Tradition

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This chapter examines spirituality, suffering, and prayerful presence in relation to end-of-life care in the Jewish tradition, describing the Jewish mourning practices and the stand of Judaism concerning euthanasia, autopsies, and transplantation. It also provides a brief guide to prayerful presence, including pastoral visitation, and explains the Jewish belief that each person has a personal and direct relationship with God. However, Judaism does not place any special sacramental status upon Jewish clergy.

Keywords: spirituality; suffering; prayerful presence; end of life; Jewish tradition; Judaism; euthanasia; mourning practices; autopsies; transplantation

Chapter.  10210 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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