Accounting for the Unaccountable

Making Sense of Extra-Ordinary Experiences in Hospitals

Authors

  • Chris Swift Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Stephen Sayers Leeds Metropolitan University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v2i1.99

Keywords:

Chaplaincy, extra-ordinary experience, narrative, nursing, spirituality

Abstract

Chaplains are familiar with patient narratives which recount “extra-ordinary” experiences. These may include a vision or awareness of a deceased person. It may take other forms of description which do not fit into day-to-day discourse. There is also a significant multi-faith and multi-cultural diversity to the nature and expression of such events. This paper outlines a narrative structure which could be used authentically by health care staff to enable and value the patient’s experience of extra-ordinary episodes. This is seen as a significant way to support a patient’s dignity and enable them to integrate experiences in an effective way.

Author Biographies

Chris Swift, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Chris Swift is Head of Chaplaincy Services at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust; Visiting Lecturer at Leeds Becket University and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds.

Stephen Sayers, Leeds Metropolitan University

Stephen Sayers is Former Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts & Society, Leeds Metropolitan University and Reader in Social Psychology.

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Published

2014-12-16

How to Cite

Swift, C., & Sayers, S. (2014). Accounting for the Unaccountable: Making Sense of Extra-Ordinary Experiences in Hospitals. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 2(1), 99-107. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v2i1.99

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