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Religious Literacy in Palliative Care PANAGIOTIS PENTARIS GOLDSMITHS, UNIVERSITY OF LONDON This material is not subject of recreation or representation without the author’s permission.
Content Religion and Spirituality Religion and Illness Research design Results Conclusions
Religious Literacy Knowledge and Understanding Skills and Abilities Knowledge of, and ability to understand, religion
Spiritual care Religion and belief Spirituality Well-being Ethical understanding Psychosocial support Etc.
Religion and Illness Three functions for the patient: Provides a theoretical framework Provides practical resources for coping with illness Provides hope. Hope Practical Resources Theoretical Framework
Research design 3 Hospices in London, UK 4 months, 160 hours Participant observation 40 hours Ethnography 72 informal interviews Participants (observation): 4 male, 5 female Recruitment: Open call with limitations Supplementary of a larger study
Religion and belief in the space Present Chapels Quiet rooms (?) Absent Signs of religious belief Icons Crucifixes Prayer rooms
Secular organizations and organizational foundations 2013 – 3 hospices assigned new CEOs – declaring secular attitude and leadership. 2013 – becoming neutral Changing logos Removing signs of religion and belief (i.e. crucifixes from the entrance) Leadership Health Care Professionals in the front line
Attitudes towards Religion and Belief in Society Habit Choice Imposed framework of meaning Misunderstood Weakness Sign of mortality Form of intolerance Unstable ‘I think our society in this country has become quite secular, whereas religion used to be very much the centre of people’s world; that has changed throughout the 20 th century and into the 21 st century.’
Attitudes towards Religion and Belief in Palliative and Hospice Care Diversity & Equality – Social Policies Misunderstood Sets boundaries in care Viewed as Christianity Representation of a patient
Religious Literacy in Palliative Care Knowledge & Understanding Religion lacks importance Only manifests in rural areas Overview of diversity Chaplains are responsible Symbolism Not religion, but spirituality Culture & tradition Skills & Abilities ‘Christianly comfortable’ Chaplaincy Feelings of conflict Uncomfortable with language Part of bureaucratic processes Religious tension ‘out-of-role’ Resilience
Conclusions Lack of RL in Palliative Care Religious understanding of illness is interpreted as a ‘ticked box’ Religious sensitive practices are entitled to the professional’s abilities in question Health Care sector is in the process of secularizing now Lack of social policies informed by research
Thank you Panagiotis Pentaris PhD Researcher Faiths & Civil Society Unit Goldsmiths, University of London Lead Coordinator FaithXchange Research Network Goldsmiths, University of London