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Moments Of Grace And Blessing: Rites And Rituals In The Process Of Healing

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Human illness and disease is not just a physiological problem that can be fixed technologically like a machine that has broken down. Illness is 'wounds to the soul, to the deep emotional self'. Among medical professionals there is an increasing recognition that 'spiritual distress' is a part of the experience of illness and is in as much need of 'healing' as is the physiological, the psychological, or the emotional. Health care exits at the juncture of human suffering and spiritual searching. The juncture of human suffering and spiritual searching really should be a confluence of two streams of thinking, resulting in a stronger flow of learning and healing. Healing is the holistic integration of the entire experience of illness. As a result of this research, the positive benefits of acknowledging religious beliefs and practices as an integral part of a holistic health care protocol in a hospital are revealed.

Keywords: healing; health care; spiritual resources



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