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Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy 

Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy

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Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy
Author(s):

Peter Speck

and Christopher Herbert

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198736134.003.0050
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date: 23 April 2017

The remit of those involved in pastoral care and chaplaincy is not confined to patients of a particular faith or belief system. However, it differs from counselling, since the encounter takes place within the context of a belief system held by the pastoral carer, and which may or may not be shared by the recipient of care. The diagnosis of a life-threatening illness will trigger a range of emotional responses, which may include questions of an existential nature relating to causality, the meaning of the illness, and fears for the future. The essence of communication in pastoral care and chaplaincy is the creation of a safe space within which the person can explore issues of importance to them within the context of their own spirituality.

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