The Importance Of Spirituality In Religious Diversity

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World religions and spirituality have captivated society for thousands of years which have lead to continuous increase in religious diversity. Religion is an established way of thinking, where people are assigned to different religious sects. A religion follows rules and formality according to a specific doctrine. Spirituality is an expression that represent a special connection with God. It is an informal consciousness that comes from within an individual. Taylor (2007) states, “Spirituality, at its core, is relational. Thus, it underlies the very nature of who we are as people in a community, communities at home, work, places of worship, and with friends” (p.X). This means that spirituality is essential and common among all of us despite …show more content…
And the quest goes on for the cure and the best treatment. World religions remind us that illness is universal human experience. Illness affects the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual realities of all human persons. Conversely, we learn from the wisdom of these religions that the way we interpret events, and the way we connect with divinity can impact the way we experience health and illness. (p.169)
The result of this is a more pathological focus and neglect in spiritual healthcare. This means less time involved with patient and getting to know what is important to them. Clinicians are healers. Therefore a collaborative effort to be spiritually minded towards patients is necessary. Puchalski (2001) also pointed out that, “Spiritual or compassionate care involves serving the whole person—the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Such service is inherently a spiritual activity” (Puchalski, para. 1). These are some activities that will encourage the incorporation of spirituality in health
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In such cases, a leader (chaplain, rabbi, shaman) of the patients faith should be contacted for proper guidance. Our job as health care providers is to help. Proper incorporation of religion and spirituality in healthcare can have a tremendous impact on the coping and healing of patients. Therefore, it is necessary to be an integral dimension in patient care. To be efficient and knowledge of the different faith is needed. Once that is accomplished it is important to find your own comfort level. This will be an ongoing learning process because the world and religions are on a continuous verge of change. It is important to be gentle and cautious in your approach with religion and spirituality. Professionalism is critical in order to prevent unfavorable outcomes. Despite the thick atmosphere that surrounds these issues, the matter of religious and spiritual needs should always be a part of patient care. In summary, both are a part of the human being and should not be neglected. Puchalski (2001) states, “spirituality can be an important element in the way patients face chronic illness, suffering, and loss. Physicians need to address and be attentive to all suffering of their patients—physical, emotional, and spiritual” (Puchalski, para

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