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Spiritual care 

Spiritual care
Spiritual care

Victor Pace

, Adrian Treloar

, Sharon Scott

, and Max Watson

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date: 09 July 2020

Introduction 326

How we express our spiritual being 327

Religion and spirituality 328

Major issues in spiritual care for people with dementia 329

Tools for delivering spiritual care 330

Any serious illness is a life-changing experience, not just for the sufferer but also for those who love them. Dementia affects the personality in a totally pervasive way, which makes many fear it deeply. It changes relationships profoundly and permanently, and it can reduce previously very independent or able people to utter dependency. For the carers, and for outsiders, this raises disturbing and challenging big questions. What does it really mean to be human when so much we define ourselves by in day-to-day life can be lost to an illness like this? What happens to love—can one still feel it when one forgets shared moments, when one might even no longer recognize the people one loved and lived for? Is it fair to see someone who may have given so much to others ending up like this? What then can one expect of life? Is there a continuity in this person's identity with their past, or is it all fragmented? How do they experience life, stripped of so much we use to make sense of ours?...

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