Bringing comfort to the sick or dying is never easy. Drawing from his own experience, Kirkwood shows laypeople and clergy what's helpful---and what's not---and provides a "theology of visitation" to guide your time with friends and patients. Includes an all-new section on the best practices for hospital chaplains; and prayers for specific circumstances. 320 pages, softcover from Morehouse.
Bringing comfort and concern to the bedside of the sick or dying is a challenge for lay people and clergy alike. In this practical guide, Neville Kirkwood shares his wisdomgleaned from some twenty years of experience as a hospital chaplainon the art of hospital visitation.
This classic handbook is now updated, with an all-new section addressing best practices for hospital chaplains. Pastoral Care in Hospitals, with additional sections addressed to clergy and trained lay pastoral workers, as well as ordinary lay people who simply want to visit their fellow-parishioners, shows visitors ways to make the encounter meaningful and enriching to the patient. Kirkwood guides readers through the minefield of hospital visitsfrom false heartiness to too much talkingand offers a theology of visitation that can guide both professionals and laity in their ministry.
A variety of exercises and a section of prayers for specific circumstances make this a must-have resource for all who work with the sick and dying, and an excellent text for course work.
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