Spiritual Care of the Hospitalized Elderly Patient

  • Ernlé W. D. Young


At the outset, it is necessary to draw a distinction, however tentative and inexact, between “spiritual” and “religious” care. One may define religious needs as those which religious in-stitutions—churches and sects, congregations and communities—exist to satisfy. Therefore, to care for someone from a religious perspective would, perhaps, require the provision of opportunities or possibilities for that person to somehow participate in services of prayer and worship, to engage in various rites and rituals, to confess and to be given absolution, and to receive the sacraments or share in certain symbolic acts; this all depends on what the religious institution to which a person belongs considers important, necessary, or obligatory.


Religious Institution Spiritual Care Biomedical Ethic Spiritual Dimension Grieve Process 
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