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Prayers & Rituals at the Time of Illness: The Practices of Five World Religions

Author(s): Pat Fosarelli

ISBN13: 9781599471464

ISBN10: 1599471469

Publisher: Veritas Warehouse - Ballycoolin D 11

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  • In the course of caring for the ill or dying, health care professionals are sometimes the only ones available to provide spiritual comfort to their patients. In our modern pluralistic society, where patients could come from any number of religious traditions, it can often be difficult to find exactly the right words in these situations.

    Prayers and Rituals at a Time of Illness and Dying: The Practices of Five World Religions by experienced physician and theologian Pat Fosarelli offers clear instructions for health care professionals on how to better understand the needs of their Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, and Jewish patients during these difficult times. Devoting separate chapters to each tradition, Fosarelli briefly outlines the basic beliefs and then looks at the main tenets of each religion, exploring the varied approaches that they take to illness and end-of-life issues. For each tradition, she also describes practices and offers suitable prayers. Each chapter suggests modifications that may be necessary for Western hospitals, modifications for children, and specific suggestions about what not to do or say in respect to different faith traditions.

    This easy-to-use, pocket-sized resource will be referenced again and again by physicians, paramedics, hospital and military chaplains, pastoral counselors, hospice providers, and other medical professionals.

    Written by a uniquely qualified author with doctoral degrees and extensive experience in both medicine and theology.
    Fills the everyday needs of a wide variety of professionals who want to better understand the health-related spiritual needs of patients from diverse religious backgrounds.
    Pocket sized for ready reference, and structured in a user-friendly format for quick browsing.

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