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Religiosity and the challenge of terminal illness

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Pamela Mcgrath
One of the assumptions that underpins the literature on spirituality is the belief that facing a terminal illness is a life crisis that intensifies the search for meaning, leaving individuals predisposed to embrace religion. To date, however, there is scant empirical research on the topic.This article seeks to make a contribution to this topic by reporting findings from a qualitative study that address the question of whether individuals embrace religious beliefs when faced with the challenge of a serious illness.The data were gathered from open-ended interviews with 14 hospice patients, audiotaped, transcribed verbatim, and thematically analyzed.The findings indicate the majority did not seek religious comfort or conversion as a response to the challenge of terminal illness, even when this was seen as desirable. Although participants were not actively inspired to be religious as a result of their illness, they did hold a number of spiritual perspectives that were actively at play.

Funding

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

History

Volume

27

Issue

10

Start Page

881

End Page

899

Number of Pages

19

ISSN

0748-1187

Location

United States

Publisher

Brunner - Routledge (US)

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Health and Sciences; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Death studies.

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