Pastoral Care for the Coma Patient
Pastoral and Spiritual Care for those in a coma is important because one cannot ascertain if the patient is totally unconscious or not. In this way, pastoral care givers should treat the coma patient as if conscious. Furthermore, the spiritual energy and presence can also communicate without any sensible connection. Albeit many deny the metaphysical realm, I would contend as a one of the faithful that such connection would exist.
Sara from the Institute of HeartMath writes in her article “The Effects of Compassionate Presence on People in Comas” about the sense of positive energy that can be transfered between loved one and patient. (Found in care2.com)
Have you ever wondered if someone in a near death state could hear your words or feel your presence? Clues to the mystery of transition from earthly life are offered in accounts by individuals who have survived coma and unconscious states and from the experiences of people who care for the dying. Numerous reports from both practitioners and patients suggest that the presence of others who are loving and caring is helpful and meaningful for those who lapse into unconscious or non-communicative states near death. There has been little research, however, on the non-communicative dying to determine whether there is in fact any communication or exchange with those in their presence.
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Mark Moran, MA