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Softening suffering through spiritual care practices: one possibility for healing families.
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PMID:  19139155     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Nurses are engaged and encounter suffering routinely and commonly in their everyday practice. It is therefore a moral and ethical obligation for nurses to soften the emotional, physical, and spiritual suffering of the individuals and families in their care. Softening suffering is the heart of nursing. However, this article ponders the question, "What happened to suffering in nursing care?" A discussion of suffering is explored from many aspects, such as what invites suffering and the connection of suffering to spirituality. Lessons learned from the author's clinical practice and research are described, such as acknowledging suffering, social support, hope and prayer, and individual and family counseling. Finally, seven spiritual care practices within the Trinity Model that have shown to be useful in softening suffering are offered. An actual clinical example is woven throughout to illustrate the benefits of these spiritual care practices in the mission of softening illness suffering.
Lorraine M Wright
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of family nursing     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1074-8407     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Nurs     Publication Date:  2008 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-13     Completed Date:  2009-03-24     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9503761     Medline TA:  J Fam Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  394-411     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Health
Caregivers / psychology*
Cost of Illness
Family / psychology*
Family Nursing / organization & administration*,  psychology
Life Change Events
Models, Nursing
Models, Psychological
Nurse's Role / psychology*
Nurse-Patient Relations
Philosophy, Nursing
Religion and Psychology
Social Support
Stress, Psychological* / nursing,  prevention & control,  psychology

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