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49 Ways to Provide Spiritual Care When There is No Chaplain

Primary Author: Donald Koepke, Center for Spirituality and Aging

List of activity ideas, particularly helpful for use in long-term care communities.

Date Last Modified 12/31/2002 On-the-job tool, Other

Chapter 3: Spirituality in the Care of the Aging and Dying

Primary Author: Christina M. Puchalski, GWish: The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health

This chapter from the book "Pain Management at the End of Life" is available for download as a pdf from the Hospice Foundation of American for $2.50. In it Dr. Puchalski differentiates physical pain from spiritual suffering and discusses how the two oftentimes combine at the end of life.

Date Last Modified 12/31/2006 Report/Document/Book chapter


Primary Author: Jonathan Weinkle, Jewish Healthcare Foundation

Closure is an initiative to change expectations for end-of-life. Our goal is to empower consumers and healthcare professionals with easy-to-access, simple-to-understand information and resources to make educated decisions about end-of-life care. The Closure website includes blogs, listings of resources, news items, and the Closure 101 curriculum.
Closure 101 is a curriculum of educational lessons dealing with an array of complex end-of-life issues including prognosis, advance planning, medical decision making, and hospice and palliative care. These difficult concepts are explained in a way that is designed to make sense to consumers. The curriculum contains 12 easy-to-follow lessons that can be viewed online or used by health educators to teach in-person. In addition to the lessons, the site contains questionnaires and information sheets that can help guide a person through the decision-making process. Guidelines for creating a Closure 101 program are available on the site.

Date Last Modified 04/04/2011 Website, Article, Continuing Education course, Course curriculum, Manual/guide

Elder Abuse and Neglect: Clergy Awareness, Knowledge, Intervention Preferences, and Perceived Severity

Primary Author: John D. Rudnick, Jr., Thomas More College

Because elder abuse victims, abusers, and stakeholders often seek help from trusted faith-based entities, clergy need to be adequately prepared with appropriate intervention responses, concept awareness and knowledge concerning elder abuse and neglect as an emerging health and social crisis (University of Kentucky, 2007). This presentation is based on a study that explored issues related to the general research question: "What is the perceived level of elder abuse and neglect awareness, knowledge and intervention preferences among Protestant clergy in Kentucky?
Survey responses were paired to examine relationships between demographic characteristics and the facets measured--awareness, knowledge intervention preferences, and perceived severity of elder abuse and neglect. Overall, clergy were generally not aware of their responsibilities and lacked detailed knowledge about elder abuse and neglect. Recommended areas for future research linked to awareness, knowledge, intervention responses and perceived severity are provided.

Date Last Modified 04/14/2010 Lecture presentation, Case example/study

Geriatrics, Palliative Care & Interprofessional Teamwork Curriculum

Primary Author: VISN 3 Geriatric Research, Education & Clinical Center (GRECC)

Complete curriculum for Geriatrics, Palliative Care, and Interprofessional Teamwork. Includes modules on Psychosocial Issues at End of Life, and Death, Dying and Bereavement. GRECC is part of the Veterans Health Administration.

Date Last Modified Course curriculum