What is Spiritual about Being Ill?


  • Jenny Williams The Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland)




Spirituality, illness, church, community, primary health care


An exploration of how spirituality in healthcare can be understood and effected within local community settings. How will churches and community groups relate to GP practices and offer resources? What language might facilitate this? How is the term spirituality changing our understanding of illness for the individual and for society? The metaphor of a bridge is suggested and related to both individuals who are ill, and community groups that might work in partnership with primary health care delivery.

Author Biography

Jenny Williams, The Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland)

Jenny Williams is the Chaplain to The Christian Fellowship of Healing (Scotland)


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PUCHASKI C. et al. 2009 Improving the Quality of Spiritual Care as a Dimension of Palliative Care Journal of Palliative Medicine 12(10) 885-904



How to Cite

Williams, J. (2013). What is Spiritual about Being Ill?. Health and Social Care Chaplaincy, 16–20. https://doi.org/10.1558/hscc.v1i2.16