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What Do I Say?: Talking With Patients About Spirituality [Paperback]

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Health care professionals, clergy, chaplains, social workers, and others who counsel people in medical crisis often find themselves faced with deeply painful questions: Why is this happening to me? Am I dying? Why should I live? I'm just a burden to others. What do I Say is a workbook filled with lessons, tips, and exercises to teach effective listen skills, with guidelines for detecting the spiritual needs embedded in patients' conversations. Suggestions are provided for verbal responses to patients who express spiritual distress, including tips for building rapport, using self-disclosure, and praying with patients.

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Studio: Templeton Press
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7" Height: 1"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Age  18
ISBN  1599471205  
ISBN13  9781599471204  

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More About Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PH.D. & Christina Puchalski

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Elizabeth Johnston Taylor, PhD, RN, is an Associate Professor at the Loma Linda University School of Nursing, Loma Linda, CA. Dr. Taylor earned her MSN and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at UCLA. She has received training in Clinical Pastoral Education and spiritual direction. Dr. Taylor's program of research explores spiritual responses to illness and nurse-provided spiritual care. She has written over 70 publications, including 2 books on spiritual care. . She currently serves on the editorial boards of the "Journal of Christian Nursing, Holistic Nursing Practice", and "Home Healthcare Nurse."

Elizabeth Johnston Taylor has an academic affiliation as follows - Loma Linda University School of Nursing.

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An excellent introduction for health care practitioners in dealing with spiritual issues common in clinical practice  Aug 6, 2008
This book is an excellent introduction for health care practitioners in dealing with spiritual issues common in clinical practice. Elizabeth Johnston Taylor presents the subject clearly, enhanced with quotes, cartoons and pointers towards further reading. I particularly like her exercises for readers to explore and examine their own spiritual beliefs and awarenesses, and to practice varieties of ways they can respond to patients' spiritual issues.

This book addresses the question of how to form healing verbal responses to patients' expressions of spiritual pain. Although offering healing verbal responses is a fundamental skill for health care professionals, it is not the only approach for nurturing the spirit. Being silently present, reading inspirational materials, offering prayer, and encouraging journal writing or dream analysis are examples of other approaches. (p. 5)

Thoughtful quotes help the reader consider these issues. For instance,
The compassionate man says, "I love you because I understand you." The empathizing man says, "I know how you feel." The sympathizing man says, "I feel for you." Empathy and sympathy are... devoid of healing power. They have a temporary soothing effect, but they do not heal.
- T. Hora (Johnson, p. 14).

I don't happen to agree with this quote, but it did give me excellent food for thought. (My own belief is that empathy is a necessary part of compassion, and that it can be very healing for people to experience empathetic listening.)

On clearing caregivers' issues, so that they can be present with the people they are helping:
Larson described these issues as "interpersonal allergies." Such allergies include the fears of: 1) our own death, 2) being hurt, 3) hurting others, and 4) being engulfed by others' problems.
- David Larson (Johnson, p. 18)

While issues such as praying with patients are suggested, nowhere is there a hint of pushing the practitioners' beliefs upon the patient. On the contrary, Taylor repeatedly alerts readers maintain their neutrality and respect in dealing with patients' spiritual and religious issues.

The book comes in a version that includes a DVD with the same title, but nowhere is there mention of what is on the DVD. (I therefore gave this a pass, not knowing whether it would be of interest or worth my time.) An index would also have enhanced this useful book.

Hora, T. Beyond the Dream: Awakening to Reality, 2nd ed. New York: Crossroads, 1996, p. 79.
Larson, D.G. The Helper's Journey: Working with People Facing Grief, Loss, and Life-Threatening Illness. Champaign, IL: Research Press 1993.

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