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Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative
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David Kissane, Barry Bultz, Phyllis Butow, and Ilora Finlay

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199238361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199238361.001.0001

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Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy

Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy

(p.503) Chapter 43 Communication issues in pastoral care and chaplaincy
Handbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care

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The diagnosis of a life-threatening disease can trigger a variety of reactions in the recipient of such news. In addition to a range of emotional and psychological responses, there will come a time for most when questions of a more existential nature arise. These questions are very much the concern of spiritual and pastoral care. The UK guidance for supportive care in adult cancer made it clear that all staff in a palliative care setting share a responsibility for spiritual care, even if there are specially designated people appointed to provide for the range of discerned need. The level of communication skills held by all staff should be sufficient to facilitate conversations and explore responses to the illness, to enable assessment of need and referral to appropriate people. Chaplains come from a faith tradition, but are usually able to work with people who are within and outside of their faith group.

Keywords:   pastoral care, spiritual care, cancer, palliative care, communication skills, chaplains

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