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Aboriginal spiritual perspectives: Research findings relevant to end-of-life care

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela McgrathPamela Mcgrath, Emma PhillipsEmma Phillips
The cultural differences between the dominant Anglo-Australian and the Aboriginal Australian groups are significant, particularly in the way death is dealt with. It is thus extremely important for health care professionals caring for Aboriginal people with a terminal illness to be informed as fully as possible on Indigenous spiritual beliefs associated with death and dying. This article shares findings on Aboriginal spiritual perspectives relevant to the care of individuals coping with a terminal illness from a study in the Northern Territory. The findings emphasize the multiplicity of Aboriginal spiritual perspectives on serious illness and dying, which can juxtapose both Christian and traditional beliefs, as well as the importance for the well-being of Aboriginal persons of respecting these beliefs. The role and importance of traditional healing, the medicine man, and the preferred place of death are also discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

16

Issue

2

Start Page

153

End Page

171

Number of Pages

19

eISSN

1552-6968

ISSN

1054-1373

Location

USA

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Cultural Warning

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologize for any distress that may occur.

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Health; International Program of Psycho-Social Health Research; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Illness, Crisis and Loss