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RELI448N:Health Care in Spirituality

RELI448N Comparative Religions

Week 8 Discussion

Health Care in Spirituality

Required Resources

Read/review the following resources for this activity:

Textbook: Chapter 12


1 video (noted in options)

Minimum of 1 scholarly source (in addition to the textbook/lesson)

Initial Post Instructions

For the initial post, respond to one of the following options:

Option 1

Watch the following video:

Link (video): Spirituality, Suffering, and Illness: Conversations for Healing (Links to an external site.) (32:31)

For the initial post, address the following:

How would you define spirituality after viewing this film? What is its role in dealing with health care issues?

Discuss the Trinity Model by describing the relationship among the 3 primary concepts: suffering, belief and spirituality.

In what ways does the film suggest that a healthcare professional can facilitate the “softening of suffering”? How does this relate to your own worldview?

Discuss one key learning you gleaned from this film and how you can apply it in your professional practice.

Option 2

Watch the following video:

Link (video): Spiritual Assessment in Healthcare (Links to an external site.) (32:17)

For the initial post, address the following points:

What is spiritual assessment as defined in this video? Why is it important for health care professionals to understand how to use it?

Do you agree or disagree with the film’s premise that a health care professional’s personal spirituality (or lack) affects his/her ability to assess spirituality in another? Explain your reasoning.

Choose one of the spiritual assessment questions reviewed in the film and answer it personally, based on your own beliefs and experience.

Discuss one key learning you gleaned from this focus on spiritual assessment. Demonstrate how you would apply it in your professional practice.

Follow-Up Post Instructions

Respond to at least two peers or one peer and the instructor. Further the dialogue by providing more information and clarification. Note: This week you can focus on peers who chose the same option as you or also engage with those who chose the other option – your choice!

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