“Treasure the Question” Martyn Joseph. Mervyn McGowan with a lot of help from Tom McGowan. How we live with the scream. What is spirituality?. The engagement to explore – and deeply and meaningfully connect one’s inner self – to the known world and beyond (Kale, 2004). Spiritual pain.
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Mervyn McGowan with a lot of help from Tom McGowan
The engagement to explore – and deeply and meaningfully connect one’s inner self – to the known world and beyond (Kale, 2004)
Religion appears to help protect against depression and hopelessness (Breitbart et al) which are associated with poorer survival in cancer patients (Watson et al)
But spirituality possibly linked to psychological distress (Higher Education Research Institute 2005)
“Assessment of spiritual needs does not have to be structured, but should include core elements such as exploring how people make sense of what happens to them, what sources of strength they can draw upon, and whether these are felt to be helpful to them at this point in their life.”
National Care of the dying audit – hospital (done by Marie Curie in Liverpool and Royal College of physicians) They looked at 2672 patients in 118 hospitals Sept – Nov 2006 (BMJ Dec 2007)
“Meeting people where they are and assisting them in connecting or reconnecting to things, practices, ideas and principles that are at their core of their being – the breath of their life, making a connection between yourself and that person”