Spiritual Care at the End of Life Paperback
The Chaplain as a 'hopeful Presence'
by Steve Nolan;
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Spiritual Care at the End of Life
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Spiritual Care at the End of Life by Steve Nolan was published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in November 2011 and is our 31624th best seller. The ISBN for Spiritual Care at the End of Life is 9781849051996.
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Spiritual Care at the End of LifeDavid Ford, via The Good Book Stall
Steve Nolan’s focus is the challenge of caring for people who know they are dying; specifically, how can a chaplain sustain the dying person so that they face the inevitable in a spirit of hope and peace? Given the current financial pressures on chaplaincy provision within the NHS and the creeping emphasis upon the measurability of outcomes this is far from being a question of aloof academic interest.
Using stories drawn from his own experience as well as research, Nolan begins to develop a new theology of spiritual care, which he dubs as ‘hopeful presence’. He identifies four stages in the relationship between the chaplain and the ‘dying other’ (one of several terms Nolan adopts in preference to patient). First is ‘evocative presence’ through which the chaplain absorbs the negative projected feelings of the patient. Successfully managed this leads on to ‘accompanying presence’ through which the chaplain simply dwells alongside the patient. This opens up the possibility of a ‘comforting presence’ through which the patient may discover a strength that sustains. Finally this leads to the chaplain providing a ‘hopeful presence’ through which the patient might come to a position of reconciliation and peace.
Just occasionally one reads a book whose value extends far beyond its intended audience. This is one such book for the theology that Nolan espouses has potential application in many other chaplaincy fields including education, prison and military environments. His principles deserve wide study and reflection.
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Details for Spiritual Care at the End of Life
|Page last updated||18th April 2017|
|Author / Artist||Steve Nolan|
|Publisher||Jessica Kingsley Publishers (November 2011)|
|Number of Pages||160|