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Jennifer Barraclough

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199297559

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199297559.001.0001

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The spiritual dimension

The spiritual dimension

(p.257) Chapter 23 The spiritual dimension
Enhancing Cancer Care

Alastair J Cunningham

Claire Vi Edmonds

Oxford University Press

The suffering caused by cancer is ultimately psychological and stems from fears about likely outcome of the disease. Healing, the relief from suffering, is about changing such fears towards peace and acceptance. Cancer patients are often left to wrestle with their fears alone but many can be helped to gain a degree of mastery over their mental state. One method of intervention involves psychospiritual therapy and a comprehensive stepwise program of this kind, the Healing Journey, is described in this chapter. This approach draws on modern Western psychology but to an even greater extent on the spiritual or wisdom traditions of mankind. The ‘journey’ of healing becomes a search for meaning. Quotes from ‘graduates’ illustrate that it is entirely feasible to help people with life-threatening disease to reach a profound degree of active acceptance of their situation and cope with the fear of death.

Keywords:   Healing Journey, cancer, cancer patients, psychospiritual therapy, healing, death, fear

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