“I’m Being Swallowed Up by This Illness, So Much Pain Deep Inside”
Claire a 40 Year-old Woman with Cancer
Keywords:Case study, chaplain, multi-disciplinary team, oesophageal cancer, ritual, spiritual care, spiritual distress
This case study describes a chaplain’s relatively short intervention with a young female patient. Several themes of learning emerged from the encounters. The chaplain worked closely with a member of the multi-disciplinary team throughout her meetings with the patient, which developed a new way of working with the wider team. The study also explores the deeper themes of how the chaplain and other team members survive working with death constantly, as well as giving significant insight into how relevant spiritual care is to the patient’s wellbeing as she approached death.
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