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Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care


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Acknowledgments Introduction Paul Bramadat, Harold Coward, and Kelli I. Stajduhar 1. Hospice and the Politics of Spirituality Kathleen Garces-Foley 2. Spiritual Care in Nursing: Following Patients' and Families' View of a Good Death Anne Bruce and Kelli I. Stajduhar 3. Religion, Spirituality, Medical Education, and Hospice Palliative Care Paul Bramadat and Joseph Kaufert 4. Research and Practice: Spiritual Perspectives of a Good Death within Evidence-Based Health Care Shane Sinclair and Harvey Max Chochinov 5. Hospice Chaplains, Spirituality, and the Idea of a Good Death W. Wilson Will III Personal Perspectives 6. Tragedy and the Eternal Yea: A Personal Reflection on Atheism Patrick Grant 7. Spirituality Unhinged Elizabeth Causton 8. Final Reflections on Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care Paul Bramadat and Kelli I. Stajduhar Notes on Contributors Index

About the Author

Paul Bramadat is Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society and Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History at the University of Victoria. He is the author of The Church on the World's Turf: An Evangelical Christian Group at a Secular University. Harold Coward is Professor Emeritus of History and Founding Director of the Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at the University of Victoria. He is the author of The Perfectibility of Human Nature in Eastern and Western Thought, also published by SUNY Press. Kelli I. Stajduhar is Associate Professor at the School of Nursing and Centre on Aging at the University of Victoria. She is the coeditor (with Harold Coward) of Religious Understandings of a Good Death in Hospice Palliative Care, also published by SUNY Press.


"...well written and ... addresses a very important issue-how can we best manage spiritual distress in patients who have no religious attachments or beliefs?" - IAHPC News "These three University of Victoria-based scholars are to be commended for helping medical and care staff overcome widespread religious illiteracy." - Vancouver Sun "As informed and informative as it is thoughtful and thought-provoking, Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care is a welcome and highly recommended contribution to professional and academic library Religious/Spirituality Studies and Health/Medicine Hospice Care reference collections and supplemental reading lists." - Midwest Book Review "Spirituality in Hospice Palliative Care provides a great deal of information about the topic from the perspectives of several disciplines, most strongly nursing and pastoral care/chaplaincy within Western culture. It also provides a useful historical synthesis of the hospice movement and of nursing's role in hospice palliative care." - Carla Sofka, coeditor of Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe: For Counselors and Educators "This book provides a valuable resource for nurses, physicians, chaplains, hospice workers, and academics to better understand and provide culturally competent care at the end of life." - Swasti Bhattacharyya, author of Magical Progeny, Modern Technology: A Hindu Bioethics of Assisted Reproductive Technology

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