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Pastoral Care and Dealing with the Angry Patient

Pastoral Care and Dealing with the Angry Patient

Pastoral Care Giving Is Love and Understanding Elizabeth Kubler Ross in her writings spoke of the five stages of grief.  In particular, her studies dealt with the reactions of terminally ill patients and the phases they went through.  Pastoral Care Giving involves an intimate connection of communication between care giver and patient.  In many cases, the care provider supplies the horrible news that someone will soon die.  Within this there will be a multiude of reactions.  One such reaction is anger. So how does a nurse or pastoral care giver deal with the angry patient.  Ultimately with love and understanding!  The care of a terminally ill patient

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Pastoral Care Looks to Change Traditional Nursing Home Settings

Pastoral Care Looks to Change Traditional Nursing Home Settings

  Pastoral Care and Alternative Nursing Home Settings Unfortunately not every person is healthy enough to enjoy hospice or healthy enough to remain at home in their later years.  This reality has led many to try to reinvent ways to make the nursing home experience a more pleasant experience.  Pastoral Care combined with new and innovative nursing home settings can help the elderly feel “human again” Helen Dennis, in her article, “Alternatives to Traditional Nursing Homes” explores this idea and identifies a plan that could possible change nursing homes. Last week we discussed what to ask and observe when visiting nursing homes

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The Pastoral Care Giving Provider as an Exquisite Witness

The Pastoral Care Giving Provider as an Exquisite Witness

What is an Exquisite Witness in Pastoral Care? In Pastoral Care, one crosses the line of just merely a provider but also a spiritual friend.  A friend who is there to comfort and reassure the spiritual and emotional element of a patient.  An Exquisite Witness is one who personifies this element of care of the dying. From a defintion, an Exquisite Witness is a ”health care, pastoral, or volunteer care provider  who enters the sacred space between two human souls-having the deepest respect for the yearning, seeking, and wishful hopes of the other to diminish the pain and survive in a new world after a loss.” Beyond

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Cultural Diversity in Care Giving

Cultural Diversity in Care Giving

Caregivers Need to be Culturally Sensative to Their Patient’s Needs As the world has become smaller, interaction with other creeds, cultures and races has become more prevelant in all aspects of life.  Caregiving is no exception as doctors, nurses, pastoral counselors and other caregivers find themselves in direct contact with different cultures who demand and deserve certain care. Within the area of grief, it is essential, according to John Bowlby, that we understand cross-cultural ideals, especially in grief to better provide the vital care patients need.  Rituals, mourning, and family interaction varies from culture to culture and  health care providers need to respect these particular cultures in their