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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Healing in the aftermath of tragedy:

Healing in the aftermath of tragedy: “Healing involves recognizing that we have been shocked and traumatized by these events, and that we need to look to our sources of strength, and not “Just get on with our lives,” writes The Rev. … Continue reading

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God and Doctor

“He’s refusing any blood product transfusions. He’s a Jehovah’s Witness.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a religious group that believes, among other things, that only a minority of people reach heaven. They also believe that it is wrong to receive the … Continue reading

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Woods to Waves: a benefit to support Hospital Camps at St. Dorothy’s

Come show your support of St. Dorothy’s Hospital Camps, a  tuition-free program for campers from California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. Woods to Waves raises funds to cover the cost of hospital camps, and … Continue reading

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