The Use of Rituals, Primarily Related to Grief, in a Hospital Setting
How Are They Helpful and How Can They Be Most Effective?
Keywords:Ritual, spiritual care, meaning, symbolic, bereavement, loss, anniversary, mental health
This paper examines the use of rituals, both one-off and repeated events, based on a hospital chaplain’s experience in a mental health setting. It considers why they are used, how they can be meaningful, effective and safe. It also considers risks associated with the use of rituals and how to plan carefully to maximise the benefits to those involved.
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