It’s often difficult for us to look the inevitable in the eye. Yes, I speak of death. It comes to us all.
This article defines exactly what pastoral care and hospice is all about; namely care.
Not necessarily a care that offers a cure against the disease or condition one is battling but a care that allows the life that is left to be comfortable. It also involves the comfort of the soul as well as the body. This is the most important element of pastoral care. It allows the person to live with dignity and respect as they continue to live their final days. It is not a surrender to the death but an acceptance.
Pastoral Care givers offer to the dying a chance to feel compassion and love. While doctors may see them as a case of a riddle to discover, pastoral care looks at the inner needs of the soul as well as the body.
This type of care is similar to what was advocated by Elisabeth Kubler Ross. She pushed for better care of the dying and better communication between patient and care giver not only for pastoral care givers but also in everyday hospital care.
If the dying are able, it is very beneficial to be allowed to die at home and not in a sterile hospital environment. This luxury allows their needs to be met at home outside of a foreign or evasive environment.
If you are interested in learning more about Pastoral Thanatology then please review our programs in Pastoral Thanatology. Our program in Pastoral Thanatology covers basic core concepts and ideas that are essential to caring for the dying.
The program in Pastoral Thanatology has seven core courses which after completion can lead to certification for qualified professionals. After certification is up, one can renew their certification via fifty hours of continuing education and five hundred hours of pastoral care.
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