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Religious Literacy in Hospice Care
Challenges and Controversies





ISBN 9781138477957
Published September 30, 2018 by Routledge
214 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

 
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Book Description

This is the first book to explore how religion, belief and spirituality are negotiated in hospice care. Specifically, it considers the significant place that spiritual care has in hospice care and claims that the changing role of religion and belief in society highlights the need to re-examine how such identities are integrated in professional practice.



Using religious literacy as a framework, the author explores how healthcare professionals in hospice care respond to religion, belief and spiritual identities of service users. Part 1 provides a comprehensive account of the content and history of the place of religion, belief and spirituality in hospice care. Part 2 examines how these topics are negotiated in hospice care by looking at three key areas: environment, professional practice and organisation. Part 3 proposes a religious literacy model applicable to hospice care and explores implications for practice and policy. Lastly, the author identifies future trends in research, policy and practice.



Drawing on a range of theories and concepts and proposing a working model that can impact the training of future and current professionals, Religious Literary in Hospice Care should be considered essential reading for students, researchers and practitioners.

Table of Contents



List of figures



List of tables



Acknowledgements



List of abbreviations



Introduction



Conversations about death



Spiritual care



Introducing this book



Overview of the chapters



References



PART I



Hospice care and changing religious landscape



1 Religion, belief and spirituality in hospice care



Introduction



Hospice movement



Spirituality and hospice care



The spiritual dimension of modern hospice care



In summary



References



2 Religion and belief: A changing landscape



Introduction



Migration



Religious plurality and diversification



Religious decline, secularisation and desecularisation



Secularisation and professional practise



Implications of religious plurality



References



3 Tracing religion in health and death policy



Introduction



What policy says about religion and belief in dying



Religion and belief in healthcare: A new design



Concluding thoughts



References



PART II



Negotiating belief in hospice care



4 Belief in the space



Introduction



Religion and materiality



Religion and belief in the space



Concluding thoughts



References



5 Hospice professionals and religion



Introduction



Separating religion from spirituality



The role of religion in society



Religion, belief, spirituality and dying



The role of religion, belief and spirituality for service users



References



6 Hospice professionals and religious literacy



Introduction



Knowledge and understanding of religion and belief



Skills and abilities to engage with religion and belief



References



7 Integrating religion and belief in hospice care



Introduction



Death and health policies



Assessments



Neutral spaces



Religious networking



Commemorative practises



Concluding thoughts



References



PART III



Religious literacy in hospice care



8 Religious literacy in hospice care



Introduction



Religious literacy in hospice care



Religious literacy model for hospice care



Concluding note



References



Conclusions



Implications for social policy



Implications for professional practise



Final thoughts



References



Index

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Biography

Panagiotis Pentaris is a Senior Lecturer for the Department of Psychology, Social Work and Counselling at the University of Greenwich. He is also a Postdoc Research Fellow for the Faiths & Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London. Panagiotis is a thanatologist, as well as a qualified social worker with specialty in hospice social work and clinical social work in end of life care. His research stretches from death policies to professional practice, and he has researched extensively about religion, belief and spirituality in end of life care.

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