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Are Pastoral Counselors Effected By Your Own Fears of Death?

Are Pastoral Counselors Effected By Your Own Fears of Death?

Medical Caregivers and Their Own Preconceived Notions About Death   In counseling it is always taught to keep one’s own preconceived notions or past out of the objective judgement during a session with a patient.  The same should hold true for medical caregivers.  This represents a large portion of doctors, nurses, social workers and even pastoral counselors. While counselors and social workers recognize the psychology behind death, many doctors are not trained in emotional caregiving.  They tend to not treat the emotional symptoms but only the physical ones.  Treating the disease overtakes treating the wholeness of the human person. With these things in

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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

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Who Cares About the Pastoral Caregivers?

Who Cares About the Pastoral Caregivers?

Pastoral Care for the One Who Cares the Most My grandmother cared tirelessly for my grandfather and as his health gradually deterioated he became more needy in his everyday activities.  Fortunately for my grandfather, my grandmother was a nurse and knew how to care for someone who was gradually becoming less and less physically capable.  Her energy level was amazing and my grandfather through the final two surgeries received top notch care and affection.  After my grandfather’s eventual death, my grandmother finally slowed down some herself, almost as if her body knew she no longer was needed everyday.   Still alive, still moving, but now with a cane,

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Pastoral Thanatology and Islam

Pastoral Thanatology and Islam

Islam and Pastoral Thanatology Islam while a Monotheistic creed does pose a challenge for a Western counselor.   The Pastoral Thanatologist, however, can meet the needs of the Islamic suffering by covering the general aspects of paradise and a good and just God; a God that is the same and shared by all monotheistic traditions as the God of Abraham.   Still, a slight understanding of Islamic death and eschatology can be of great benefit when counseling a Muslim who is about to die. Upon approach of death of a Muslim, verses of the Quran are read to remind the person of

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Last Rites and Pastoral Counseling

Last Rites and Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling and Last Rites Pastoral Thanatology calls for a strong understanding of the rituals and spiritual aspects that surround death.  One particular care falls under the sacramental nature of the Blessing of the Sick.  While primarily a Catholic sacrament known as Last Rites or Extreme Unction, all Christian circles can appreciate the necessity of pastoral guidance and the presence of the Holy Spirit that encompasses it.  The necessity of grace that gives clarity, forgiveness, certainty, and peace to the dying   person  is administered by the priest or minister via the power of the Holy Spirit.   This is materialized in