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White Lies in Pastoral Care of Dementia Patients?

White Lies in Pastoral Care of Dementia Patients?

Do you ever lie to a patient in pastoral care for the greater good?   Almost all nurses who treat dementia patients have admitted ‘telling white lies’ to avoid distressing them, it has today been revealed. American Institute Health Care Professionals‘s insight: Is a white lie a good thing for a dementia patient?  This is the question as many health professionals admit to this when dealing with dementia patients in regards to the overall good.  This article looks at this pastoral care issue and examines what one should really do #pastoralcarecounseling See on www.dailymail.co.uk

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Pastoral Care: Burnout

Pastoral Care: Burnout

Pastoral Care and Burnout So many times, Pastoral Care can lead to burnout for ministers and other caregivers who attend to the mind, body and spirit of others.    Just like any field, stress can lead to burnout.  In the pastoral thanatology field many depend on the counselor to help them.   Try following this article to help you if you are feeling burnt out. Paul Vitello of the NY Times writes about pastoral burnout and the importance of relaxation for pastoral care givers in his article “Taking a Break From the Lord’s Work” To read the article, please click here If

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Palliative Care and the Dying

Palliative Care and the Dying

Palliative Care and Death Pastoral Care givers are thrilled that more options are becoming more available for dying patients to live their remaining lives at home and in decency.  Federal laws are looming that may help families afford this option and give their loved ones some peace in their final days. Irma Faith Pal of Inquirer News writes about the growing need of good and affordable Palliative Care in her article, “Palliative Care: Helping the Dying “To Live Until He Dies” For any family, it is devastating to hear doctors say there is nothing more they can do for the

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Pastoral and Spiritual Care of a Coma Patient

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

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Pastoral Care and Giving Of Oneself

Pastoral Care and Giving Of Oneself

Pastoral Care Is About Giving Oneself Completely Pastoral Care ultimately is successful based upon the convictions, beliefs and efforts of the actual care giver.  Carol Nesbitt is a good example of what it takes to give not just one’s skills but ultimately one’s heart to the dying. From Argusleader.com, Dorene Weinstein wrties about Carol Nesbitt in “A Friend in Death”. The hospice room was dim, and the withered man was cocooned in  bedding while Carol Nesbitt sat nearby and cradled his hand. She periodically redraped the cool cloth on his forehead and sang, read softly or simply sat quietly. She

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Pastoral Care and Respecting Life To The End Right

Pastoral Care and Respecting Life To The End Right

Right to Die and Pastoral Care? Does Pastoral Care and the aid in helping the suffering patient find death compatable? Many find confusion in this gray area of what is right or wrong.  This ethical quicksand seems to have no clear cut answer at times.  While, as care givers, we understand the reality of extraordinary measures and ordinary measures of preservation of life, but when one comes into contact with such suffering, it becomes difficult to resort to a text book answer. This is the same mental anguish Daniel Kreiger faced in the death of his own mother.  In his

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Doctors Need to Realize the Importance of End of Life Care

Doctors Need to Realize the Importance of End of Life Care

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

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Alternatives to the Nursing Home – Pastoral Care Program

Alternatives to the Nursing Home –  Pastoral Care Program

Pastoral Care Program Beyond the Nursing Home Pastoral Care for the elder community is reaching new heights as the baby boomer generation reaches their golden years.  Nursing homes are becoming not the only refuge for the elderly.  With hospice and other programs, the elderly and the sick can find a variety of options.  The article below highlights the other options than nursing homes and hospice. This  to Manish Sahajwani of the San Francisco Chronicle.  In the article, “Alternatives to Nursing Homes”, she lists a variety of other options for seniors. According to the U.S.  Census Bureau, by 2050 more than

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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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Pastoral Help For the Entire Family During Terminal Illness

Pastoral Help For the Entire Family During Terminal Illness

Pastoral Care for the Whole Family Pastoral Help sometimes does not touch upon the needs of every family member or various feelings that identify the family as a whole.  It is important to meet the needs of the patient’s family while the patient approaches death. One of the first steps a pastoral caregiver can do is normalize any feelings within the family.  Some family members may be experiencing secondary losses.  They may feel angry at the dying person.  It is important to let them know that this does not make them bad or that this does not mean they do