Sharing the Journey: Spiritual Assessment and Pastoral Response to Persons With Incurable Illnesses

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Sharing the Journey otters insights into the needs of those with an incurable illness, suggests ways to evaluate a patient's needs, and provides guidelines for those who accompany the patient on their journey.This book offers the suffering a guide to understanding, appreciating, and valuing their hardships as a means toward wholeness and inner peace and union with God; it offers those interested in spiritual growth an opportunity to gain a clearer vision of the value of their life in all its dimensions.

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People with incurable illnesses find little consolation in pious platitudes; they need understanding and acceptance. Sharing the Journey shows how spirituality is an integral dimension of human existence regardless of religious denomination. It offers insights into the psychological and spiritual needs of those with an incurable illness, suggests ways to evaluate a patient's needs, and provides guidelines for those who accompany the patient on the journey toward inner peace, wholeness, and union with God. Father van der Poel points out that ministry is not concerned solely with doing things for others but with encouraging them to be their full self: an integration of the physical, psychological/emotional, and spiritual aspects of their life. Those with an incurable illness, whose physical being is threatened, have a special need for human wholeness. In Sharing the Journey, Father van der Poel offers caregivers an understanding of their patients and assistance in finding that wholeness in the face of physical and/or psychological disintegration. He offers the suffering a guide to understanding, appreciating, and valuing their hardships as a means toward wholeness and inner peace and union with God; he offers those interested in spiritual growth an opportunity to gain a clearer vision of the value of their life in all its dimensions?a life called to wholeness and holiness in constant union with God. Sharing the Journey includes an instrument for spiritual assessment of the whole person, their self-perception, their relationship to family and friends, their participation in the life of the Church or society, and their relationship to God. This instrument places the caregiver in step with the patient so they can journey together toward wholeness after a crisis caused through accident or illness. Although written primarily for caregivers of those with incurable illnesses, Sharing the Journey will also serve caregivers working with those with short-term illnesses. It will indeed benefit anyone seeking inner peace and peace with God. It encourages us to see our condition, whatever it may be, as a point of departure for the continuing journey toward God. Chapters are: "The Nature of Spirituality and Its Place in Human Life," "The Assessment of Spirituality," "Psychological and Spiritual Needs of Persons with Incurable Illnesses," "Pastoral Response and Pastoral Planning," and "Using the Assessment Instrument."". . . an indispensable guide to all in health care ministry. With careful planning, he intertwines spirituality with the human demand for personal fulfillment. Faith and the experience of God become united in the ordinary search for meaning in both living and dying." John F. O'Grady"This visionary and pragmatic text is an invaluable tool for pastoral care ministers and beyond, to anyone ministering in the spiritual realm. Fr. van der Poel draws together years of experience and study in this helpful volume." Bishop Robert Morneau Diocese of Green Bay"The experience and competence of the author are expressed in wise and practical approaches to a challenging ministry. A flexible 'assessment instrument,' designed to address the physical, psychological, and spiritual dimensions of the person, is a welcome addition to assist anyone called to this important service." Agnes Cunningham, S.S.C.M." . . . destined to become a foundational reference work for Chaplains; Pastoral Care Partners; and those caring for, counseling, and comforting the person in need." Rabbi Victoria London All Peoples Synagogue Tucson, Arizona

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