Daily Spiritual Experience Scale

The Daily Spiritual Experience Scale: Overview and Results Abstract : The Daily Spiritual Experience Scale (DSES) is a 16-item self-report measure designed to assess ordinary experiences of connection with the transcendent in daily life. It includes constructs such as awe, gratitude, mercy, sense of connection with the transcendent and compassionate love. It also includes measures of awareness of discernment/inspiration and...
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Evolution of Spiritual Assessment Tools

The Evolution of Spiritual Assessment Tools in Healthcare Abstract This article explores the history of spiritual assess- ment tools as a lens through which to consider the place of spirituality and religion in American healthcare. While precise definitions of spiritual assessment have evolved with the con- cept, the phrase generally refers to the process of evaluating someone’s spiritual needs and...
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Spiritual Assessment & Intervention Model

ABSTRACT Objective: Distinguishing the unique contributions and roles of chaplains as members of healthcare teams requires the fundamental step of articulating and critically evaluating conceptual models that guide practice. However, there is a paucity of well-described spiritual assessment models. Even fewer of the extant models prescribe interventions and describe desired outcomes corresponding to spiritual assessments. Method: This article describes the...
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Spiritual Assessment Tool

The spiritual distress assessment tool: an instrument to assess spiritual distress in hospitalised elderly persons. Background Although spirituality is usually considered a positive resource for coping with illness, spiritual distress may have a negative influence on health outcomes. Tools are needed to identify spiritual distress in clinical practice and subsequently address identified needs. This study describes the first steps in...
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Judaism & Hospice

Judaism, Hospice and Palliative Care: Questions and Answers. What you need to know about Jewish approaches to end-of-life care. This post is part of a series sponsored by and developed in partnership with MJHS Health System and UJA-Federation of New York to raise awareness and facilitate conversations about end of life care in a Jewish context. Full Article Here
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Book Suggestion: The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service): Honoring Their Memory, Comforting Their Survivors

The Suicide Funeral (or Memorial Service) 2017, edited by Melinda Moore and Daniel A. Roberts. The editors say, “This book is designed to assist clergy, chaplains, and other faith leaders as they develop sermons and homilies for a funeral service. …Those who plan and lead a funeral service may enable family and friends to understand and participate intentionally in their grief process.” ...
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Why Hospitals Must Be Hospitable; Why Health Care Must Be Healing–And Why Chaplains Must Lead the Way

PlainViews December 16, 2015 Volume 12 No. 12 The words “hospital” and “hospitable” and the words “health” and healing” are obviouslyderived from the same roots. And yet, patient surveys repeatedly demonstrate that there is a significant disconnect between what goes on in a hospital and the idea of being hospitable, and between the modern health care system and any common...
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The Need to Be Seen

The Need to Be Seen by Karen Lieberman Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, USA Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling 2016, Vol. 70(1) 80–82 Abstract: When we recognize our common humanity, suspend judgment and embrace the intrinsic value and worth of every individual, we elevate those we serve, and we elevate ourselves. Whether or not we are able to offer cure,...
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