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A Balm for Gilead: Meditations on Spirituality and the Healing Arts

Primary Author: Daniel P. Sulmasy, University of Chicago

In this book Sulmasy "draws from philosophical and theological sources—specifically, Hebrew and Christian scripture—to illuminate how the art of healing is integrally tied to a sense of the divine and our ultimate interconnectedness... [He] addresses the spiritual malaise that physicians, nurses, and other health care workers experience in their professional lives, and explores how these Christian healers can be inspired to persevere in the care of the sick".

Date Last Modified 09/01/2006 Book

A Time for Listening and Caring Spirituality and the Care of the Chronically Ill and Dying

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

A thoughtful, informative, and practical guide for anyone involved in caring for the seriously and chronically ill or dying. This book covers how spiritual care can be integrated into traditional caregiving. Part one discusses aspects of spirituality, such as presence, ethics, and relationships. Part two delves into a number of specific religious and theological traditions. Part three offers practical applications and tools, including storytelling, psychotherapy, dance, music, and the arts. Part four focuses on patients' stories and reflections.

Date Last Modified 06/01/2006 Book

Becoming Fire: A Freudian Psychoanalyst's Spiritual Journey

Primary Author: Sally K. Severino, University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Becoming Fire: A Freudian Psychoanalyst's Spiritual JourneyA memoir that discusses "how to synthesize spiritual beliefs and science, our inner lives and our work in the world....the journey of an ordinary person who discovers the extraordinary—faith in God—amidst the atheism of the Freudian path."

Date Last Modified 04/17/2009 Book

Being with Dying: Cultivating Compassion for Self and Others

Primary Author: Joan Halifax Roshi, Upaya Zen Center

This book provides practical and philosophical guidance to caregivers. Roshi Joan Halifax has worked in the area of death and dying for over thirty years, is Director of the Project on Being with Dying, and co-directs The Upaya Buddhist Chaplaincy Training. Each chapter of this book includes a meditation.

Date Last Modified 07/28/2008 Book

Dying into Grace

Primary Author: Artemis March

Dying into GraceThis book provides guidance for for family and professional caregivers, as well as those who support and train them. The author expands the idea of what "dying well" can mean and treats caregivers and dying persons as partners in a dance toward wholeness and healing.

"Dying into Grace" intertwines the author's caregiving story with the story of her mother, and how they each were transformed by their psycho-spiritual journeys.

Date Last Modified 12/31/2007 Book