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The Dark Night of the Soul : A Metaphor for Understanding the Ethics and Spirituality of Hospice Care - Patricia Kobielus Thompson

The Dark Night of the Soul

A Metaphor for Understanding the Ethics and Spirituality of Hospice Care

Paperback Published: 15th January 2010
ISBN: 9781589661943
Number Of Pages: 200

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Drawing from her many years of experience as a hospice nurse and her training as a theologian, Patricia Kobielus Thompson offers in The Dark Night of the Soul instruction to those providing care for terminally ill patients. Thompson finds in the poetry and other writings of Spanish mystic Saint John of the Cross a wisdom that she argues will assist caregivers in comforting their patients through the trying times just before death. Though much has been written on Saint John of the Cross, Thompson’s application of these works is wholly new and rooted in deep empathy.

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"Within one book we find both a scholarly overview of the evolution of hospice care and a spirituality sufficiently deep to nourish both practitioner and patient. The author deftly manages that difficult feat: informing and inspiring her readers. "From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender" is a gift that deserves to be passed on and on and on."

--Denise Lardner Carmody, Santa Clara University
Within one book we find both a scholarly overview of the evolution of hospice care and a spirituality sufficiently deep to nourish both practitioner and patient. The author deftly manages that difficult feat: informing and inspiring her readers. "From Dark Night to Gentle Surrender" is a gift that deserves to be passed on and on and on.
--Denise Lardner Carmody, Santa Clara University"

Prefacep. xi
Introductionp. 1
Hospice Carep. 3
Origins of Today's Modern Hospice Conceptp. 3
Cicely Saunders and the First Modern Hospicep. 8
Elisabeth K├╝bler-Rossp. 10
The Avoidance of Deathp. 12
The Present Re-Awakeningp. 13
Newer Developmentsp. 14
Goals of Hospice Carep. 15
Principles of Hospice Carep. 22
The Hospice Code of Ethicsp. 29
Summaryp. 43
Ethical Considerations and Their Developmentp. 47
Direction and Focus of These Considerationsp. 47
Convergence of Thought and Development of Focusp. 48
Aristotle: The Nichomachean Ethicsp. 48
Thomas Aquinas: The Medieval Synthesisp. 52
Summary of Ancient and Medieval Emphasesp. 56
The Hippocratic Writings: Medicine's Early Documentsp. 57
Philosophical Considerationsp. 59
Immanuel Kant: Deontological or Obligation-Based Theoryp. 60
Utilitarianism and Consequentialism in Retrospectp. 62
W. D. Ross: Theory of Prima Facie Dutiesp. 64
Positive and Negative Rightsp. 66
Mid-Twentiem-Century Growth in Biomedical Ethicsp. 67
The Principles Grounding Modern Bioethical Considerationsp. 69
Autonomyp. 69
Nonmaleficencep. 71
Beneficencep. 72
Justicep. 73
Covenant Responsibilityp. 75
Virtue Ethics: A Return to the Beginningp. 79
Summaryp. 84
The Dark Night of the Soulp. 87
Mysticismp. 87
John of the Cross: Sixteenth-Century Spanish Mysticp. 91
Sixteenth-Century Spain: Literature and Milieup. 93
The Spanish Inquisitionp. 93
The Spanish Mystics: John's Placep. 95
Ascent of Mount Carmel and Dark Night of the Soulp. 96
Dark Night: The Poem and the Purpose of John's Commentariesp. 97
The Structure of Ascent and Dark Night: Major Emphasesp. 102
The Active Night of Sensep. 106
The Active Night of Spiritp. 108
The Passive Night of Sensep. 111
The Passive Night of Spiritp. 114
Natural Human Passions-Acceptable or To Be Negated?p. 116
Does John Negate Our Natural Intellect?p. 119
Virtue as an Expression of the Contemplative Soulp. 123
Modern Authorsp. 125
Women, Spirituality, and Health Carep. 128
Summaryp. 133
Practitioners and the Dark Nightp. 135
Medicine and the Law-Influence over Health Care Practitioners' Decision-Makingp. 135
Personal Practice: Practitioners and the Dark Nightp. 137
One Man's Personal Experience-Spirituality and the Health Care Systemp. 141
Delving into Essentials: From Nursing to Priesthood-One Man's Journeyp. 146
Practitioners: Discernment, Honesty, and Virtue-Centered Practicep. 150
Women's Issues: A Personal Notep. 150
Hospice, Humility, and a Virtuous Professional Lifep. 151
The Process of Discernmentp. 155
Personal Background and Point of View: Our Responsibilityp. 158
Summaryp. 164
Patients and the Dark Nightp. 167
Acceptance, Letting Go, and Resolution of "Unfinished Business"p. 168
Theologian and Patient: Meeting of the Mind and Heartp. 170
Attachment in Our Modern Societyp. 176
Practitioners' Approach to Patients and Families in Light of the Dark Nightp. 180
Additional Thoughts and Synthesis for Practitionersp. 186
Summaryp. 188
Summary and Conclusions:p. 191
Contemporary Spirituality for Terminal Illnessp. 191
General Overviewp. 191
The Documents of Vatican Council IIp. 194
The Consistent Ethic of Lifep. 197
Further Reflections on The Consistent Ethic of Lifep. 200
The Pope Speaksp. 207
Conclusionp. 210
Notesp. 213
References Consultedp. 233
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9781589661943
ISBN-10: 158966194X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 15th January 2010
Publisher: University of Scranton Press,U.S.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43

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