Item description for What Do I Say?: Talking with Patients about Spirituality (Book & DVD) by Elizabeth Johnston Taylor & Christina M. Puchalski...
Overview Healthcare 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. Here is a workbook that suggests healing verbal responses to such expressions of spiritual pain. The accompanying DVD helps reinforce the lessons and exercises that integrate psychology, psychiatry, pastoral counseling, nursing, chaplaincy, and spiritual direction for whole person care. The author, an internationally recognized expert in spiritual caregiving, points out that wanting to help is one motivation for learning these skills, but there are also evidence-based reasons: helping patients express their innermost feelings promotes spiritual healing; spiritual health is related to physical and emotional health; spiritual coping helps patients accept and deal with their illness; and patients tend to want their healthcare professionals to know about their spirituality. Lessons, tips, and exercises teach how to listen effectively, with guidelines for detecting and understanding 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. A FAQ section deals with frequently asked questions and miscellaneous information, such as: What do I do when a patient talks on and on and I have to leave? How do I answer a "why" question? What do I say to a patient who believes a miracle will happen to cure them? What if I'm not religious? How can I talk about it? By practicing and using these healing techniques, Taylor explains, healthcare professionals will be able to provide patients responses to their questions that allow them to become intellectually, emotionally, and physically aware of their spirituality so they can experience life more fully.
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Studio: Templeton Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.5" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2007
Publisher TEMPLETON FOUNDATION PRESS
ISBN 0012377708 ISBN13 9781599471174
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More About Elizabeth Johnston Taylor & Christina M. Puchalski
Elizabeth Johnston Taylor has an academic affiliation as follows - Loma Linda University School of Nursing.
Reviews - What do customers think about What Do I Say?: Talking with Patients about Spirituality (Book & DVD)?
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.
References: 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.