Category Archives: Spiritual Care

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Shows Why They Do

Now that I have read Paul Raeburn’s “Do Fathers Matter?,” I know that my comfort with more dangerous play — my willingness to let my daughters stand on top of a minivan — is a typically paternal trait. Dads roughhouse … Continue reading

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First, Do No Harm: How We Failed Justina Pelletier and Her Family

Justina Pelletier has been in the news lately. She’s a 15-year-old girl from West Hartford, CT who loves ice skating and going to the mall with friends. However, she’s not in the news for her accomplishments. Justina and her older … Continue reading

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Where does patient and family privacy end in a Hosptial?

“My hospital, where I am chairman of the bioethics committee, recently wrestled with the question of where patient and family privacy ends. Nurses in the neonatal intensive care unit (N.I.C.U.) worried that a premature infant, whom I’ll call Rickie to … Continue reading

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Education of a cancer nurse

Excerpted from “I Wasn’t Strong Like This When I Started Out: True Stories of Becoming a Nurse” “You’re a good girl,” he tells me. “You’re a good nurse.” *** Am I? Maybe Roger is right to say so, but he … Continue reading

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‘Don’t just do something, stand there’

“When I think about being a caring presence in the life of someone who is sick, suffering or sad, I remind myself that presence is more a state of being than doing. Being a caring presence is about showing up. … Continue reading

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Battling Cancer Together

JANE E. BRODY at the NYTimes writes: Honesty, communication and affection are crucial for couples in this prolonged ordeal.” See Battling Cancer Together

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Mothers With Cancer

Children of mothers with cancer must learn this painful lesson early: the vulnerability of the figure on whom they have grounded their existence. With varying degrees of fearful awareness, such children intuit that the mother who comforts by murmuring “I … Continue reading

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