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“Meant to Be?”: Choosing Spirituality and Religion 

“Meant to Be?”: Choosing Spirituality and Religion
“Meant to Be?”: Choosing Spirituality and Religion

Robert L. Klitzman

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date: 24 June 2021

Religious and spiritual beliefs can help patients cope and/or prevent them from pursuing certain treatments. Major religions all contain myths about the creation of life—including human beings. Clergy, families, and friends may sanction certain procedures but prohibit others and vary widely, even within any one faith. Religious leaders may oppose a variety of procedures from small to large. Patients can follow or avoid such prohibitions. Patients, family, friends, and providers can misunderstand a religion’s perspectives, making incorrect assumptions and/or disagreeing about whether a particular couple is “meant” to have children. Providers may be unsure how to interact with patients’ beliefs and clergy, especially when the latter, not the patient, is making the decisions.

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