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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

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The Spiritual Message of Pastoral Thanatology

The Spiritual Message of Pastoral Thanatology

Pastoral Counselors Must Be Like the Good Samaritan The spiritual message of Pastoral Thanatology echoes with the words of Christ when he said “when you do something for the least of your brethen, you do it for me”.   When a pastoral counselor walks downs the halls of a hospital or nursing home, he or she should see Christ in all the faces of the people. Christ pointed this out best in his parable of the “Good Samaritan” where only a Samaritan was willing to help an injured man.  Pastoral Counselors encounter Christ in the faces of the suffering on a

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Pastoral Thanatology and Judaism

Pastoral Thanatology and Judaism

Judaism and Pastoral Thanatology As a Pastoral Counselor and Thanatologist, it is important to have a broad understanding of all religious ideals and faiths.  This enables the counselor to pastorally care for the suffering and soon to die in a compassionate way that accommodates the individual.  Christians will not always deal with Christians, so it is important to broaden one’s theological knowledge into all faiths.   We will briefly review some of the primary concepts of Judaism and death to sharpen one’s knowledge in inter-faith dialogue and practice. Judaism as a non-creedal religion has various interpretations on the afterlife, but the