Spirituality, Dementia and Mental Health


  • John Swinton University of Aberdeen




dementia, mystery, wonder, the heart, spirituality, chaplaincy

Author Biography

  • John Swinton, University of Aberdeen

    John Swinton is Professor in Practical Theology and Pastoral Care in the School of Divinity, Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen. He has a background in nursing and healthcare chaplaincy and has researched and published extensively within the areas of practical theology, mental health, spirituality and human well-being and the theology of disability. He is the Director of Aberdeen University’s Centre for Spirituality, Health and Disability (www.abdn.ac.uk/cshad), and Co-Director of the University’s Kairos Forum (www.abdn.ac.uk/kairos-forum). His publications include: Dementia: Living in the Memories of God (2012). Grand Rapids: Eerdmans/London SCM Press; Living Well and Dying Faithfully: Christian Practices for End-Of-Life Care (2009) (Edited text with Richard Payne) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans; Raging With Compassion: Pastoral responses to the problem of evil.(2007) Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.; Spirituality in Mental Health Care: Rediscovering a “forgotten” dimension. (2001) Jessica Kingsley Publishers, London.


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Swinton, John (2012) Dementia: Living in the Memories of God. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.




How to Cite

Swinton, J. (2016). Editorial: Spirituality, Dementia and Mental Health. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 4(2), 125-129. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v4i2.31663