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Mark Cobb—Suffering 

Mark Cobb—Suffering
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Mark Cobb—Suffering
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0007
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date: 01 April 2020

As a Church of England minister with over 25 years’ experience in palliative care, Mark Cobb is ideally placed to consider the contribution of the chaplain to the well-being of the patient, family, and team involved in the delivery of palliative and end-of-life care. This chapter offers insight into the particular roles and functions that might be adopted in developing a compassionate pastoral response to suffering. He argues that compassion is based on truthful encounters with people who are suffering and may need to share a complex story as they explore this final passage of their lives. The importance of ritual and liturgy as a way of communication is also elaborated upon. However, Mark Cobb also notes the need to develop the capacity within ourselves as practitioners to embrace compassion without being overwhelmed by its consequences.

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