Expressing Unimaginable Indignities
The story of Annie declares the dignity and grace of the human spirit in the midst of extensive suffering. It shows how social support heals throughout the illness experience. Her narrative is an example of the healing power of spirituality throughout dying. From her end-of-life experience, we learn that dying is far less about matters of the body than it is about matters of the person. We also discern that when a person is well attended throughout the dying process—her emotional, social, and spiritual needs being fulfilled—her suffering is eased and she is deeply comforted. Exploration of the dimensions of quality of life (QOL) help us to plan care which addresses all dimensions of QOL.
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