The Experience of Feeling Grace in Voluntary Service to the Terminally III

  • Paul Gowack
  • Valerie A. Valle

Abstract

There exist in many cultures some powerful and distinct human experiences we have little scientific understanding of. One such experience is the experience of feeling grace. In this chapter, the nature of the experience of feeling grace in voluntary service to the dying is explored from a phenomenological perspective. Twelve individuals who described themselves as having experienced grace while working with the dying were interviewed, their descriptions were analyzed, and seven constituent themes were identified. The relationship of these themes to previous writings on the nature of grace is then explored.

Keywords

Religious Experience Heighten Awareness Peak Experience Voluntary Service Theme Cluster 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Gowack
    • 1
  • Valerie A. Valle
    • 2
  1. 1.BerkeleyUSA
  2. 2.BrentwoodUSA

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