“I Want to Make it Right”

A 46 Year-old Woman with End Stage Renal Disease and Her Australian Aboriginal Partner Make Significant Choices

Authors

  • David Glenister The Royal Melbourne Hospital

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.34300

Keywords:

Aboriginal, case study, chaplain, end of life care, ritual, spiritual assessment

Abstract

Our case study subject, “Ruby”, is a 46 year-old female suffering from a chronic renal condition, admitted to Royal Melbourne Hospital. As she, along with partner Charlie and daughter Amanda, received care from several members of Pastoral and Spiritual Care Services, as well as the Aboriginal Liaison Officer, we have decided to present a co-written case study, with each participant writing their own view in their own voice. Ruby’s care included all the interventions recognized by Spiritual Health Victoria: spiritual assessment, spiritual support, spiritual counselling or guidance and spiritual ritual. 2 This latter intervention became very significant as Ruby declined, receiving palliative care, and included both religious ritual and legacy creation. On paper – or the hospital electronic database – Ruby’s admission looks like failure, but as this case study reveals, within her physical decline and treatment, there was significant emotional and spiritual healing, leading to a relatively “good death”.

Author Biography

David Glenister, The Royal Melbourne Hospital

David Glenister is Coordinator of Pastoral and Spiritual Care services, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3050, and director of the CPE Centre, and a member of the Association for Supervised and Clinical Pastoral Education in Victoria (ASACPEV) standards committee, and Spiritual Health Victoria research and professional development committees.

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Published

2018-04-12

How to Cite

Glenister, D. (2018). “I Want to Make it Right”: A 46 Year-old Woman with End Stage Renal Disease and Her Australian Aboriginal Partner Make Significant Choices. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 5(2), 224-240. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.34300