Hospice Care And Theology For Patients At The End Of Life By Tara Flanagan

799 Words Dec 10th, 2016 4 Pages
In the article ‘Hospice Care and Theology for Patients at the End of Life’, by Tara Flanagan, it discusses hospice, hospitality, and different models of care popular today. Included in the article is the comparison of the Biosocial model of care and the Biomedical model of care, for patients near or expecting death. According to the work of Kearney and Dorothee, it is suggested that demonstrating hospitality in the sense of interpreting pain is less successful than ‘hosting’ pain. Hospitality in this case is portrayed in Christianity; it is said to be an attribute of God, and can be defined as the quality or disposition of receiving and treating guests and strangers in a warm friendly generous way. (Sharp) The author used several different disciplines to study religion in this article, such as Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology. “Hospitality is a virtue that id both commanded and commended through scripture, in the Old Testament it was specifically commanded by God, “When an Alien lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him. The alien living with you must be treated as one of your native-born. Love him as yourself, for you were aliens in Egypt. (Leviticus 19:33-34) Thus, hospitality has connections to Christian theologies that glorify suffering to some extent or assert that one is one way or another at fault or deserving of pain. (Page 264) Then as explained by Tracy, Hospitality is not directly supporting close ones or family. It is more along the lines…

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