May 7, 2014

Spiritual Caregivers for the Dying

To the dying, spiritual caregivers can be godsend

They do not prescribe medication, plump up pillows, or serve soothing broths, but for hospice patients €” and their families spiritual caregivers often ease the pain that hurts the most.  The emotional comfort comes first from the companionship, accepting people exactly where they are, acknowledging as they certainly know themselves that they are coming to the end of life and being able to reassure them that it is OK to die, said Rabbi Herman Blumberg, rabbinic director of Hebrew SeniorLife Hospice Care.

Spiritual care has always been a part of hospice programs, but chaplains interviewed for this article report that patients and their families increasingly recognize the need to heal the mind and soul, even as the body is failing. Behind this trend, they say, is that people are less likely now than in the past to view spirituality as the exclusive realm of religion.
Posted by Jill Fallon at May 7, 2014 9:51 AM | Permalink