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Spiritual Care in Practice

This book presents a series of illuminating case studies of spiritual ministration. This should be useful for nurses and managers, many of whom have limited awareness of chaplaincy work

This book presents a series of illuminating case studies of spiritual ministration. This should be useful for nurses and managers, many of whom have limited awareness of chaplaincy work.

Experiences of illness and of being a patient are complex phenomena, which cannot be understood simply in clinical contexts. Attending to spiritual needs is an important element of holistic care, as shown by the case of Yesuto, a Nigerian psychiatric patient troubled by his belief in witchcraft.

Rosie Ratcliffe, an Anglican chaplain of Assyrian origin, listened without judgement. Tentatively delving into the past, Rosie discovered that a punitive regime at a boarding school had left its mark on Yesuto, instilling in him exaggerated fears about sin and its consequences. Her approach contrasted with that of doctors and nurses, who simply viewed the ideas of sorcery as symptoms of psychosis. Through the healing powers of faith, Rosie helped Yesuto to challenge his fear and mental chains.

Whether you are of religious or atheist disposition, you will find this book has something to offer. The case studies are exemplars of spiritual engagement but are also a heart-warming reminder of our shared humanity.

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