Pastoral Care Provides Relief for the Entire Personhood of Someone Who is Dying
End of life care involves treating the entire person beyond the physical symptoms. Pastoral Care takes this to another level when the pastoral care giver treats the entirety of the person.
Patti Singer, a writer for Democrat and Chronicle.com, explores how doctors are beginning to see and understand the importance of spiritual and emotional care of the dying in her article, “Doctor Shares Vision of Care for the Dying.
End-of-life care provides an opportunity — not to deliver the most care, but to provide the best care at a time when families face what is likely their biggest challenge.
“In the midst of this sadness and tragedy that illness and dying represent, we want to not be blind to opportunity,” Dr. Ira Byock, director of Palliative Medicine at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire, said Wednesday at the University of Rochester Medical Center. “People value the opportunities to say and do the things that would be left unsaid.”
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