help re 'pentecostal beliefs'

  1. Hi all
    Im wondering if anyone is knowledgable on Pentecostal beliefs?
    I was scrubbed for operation that patients family, particularly husband, requested that removed body organs (cancerous) be given to them???

    This totally blew my mind, no body I work with knew why they wanted them.
    I can only assume their belief system requires all body parts be buried with them???

    Im on a mission of understanding , appreciate any help or info on the topic
    Thankyou
    nicki smith
    australia
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  2. 14 Comments

  3. by   jmgrn65
    I have had some experience with pentecostal and have some training in cultural diversity. As far as I know that is not a pentecostal preference.
    Can you give body parts to families?
    We have had to stop, due to it being biohazard waste etc.
  4. by   santhony44
    I've had pretty wide experience with Pentecostal beliefs here in the US and have never run into this at all.

    Maybe it is this patient's particular church, or even that particular family?
  5. by   Lacie
    Baptised and raised pentecoastal. This is a new one on me!! Honestly never heard of this.
  6. by   BGgirl
    Also been a pentecostal all my life and have never heard of such a thing. Must have been a family/patient preference.
  7. by   tryingtomakeit
    Pentecostal here as well and I would let em keep my innards!
  8. by   nerdtonurse?
    There's a really good book, Religions in America (can't remember the author). There's a small chapter on everthing from pentecostals to baptists, to b'hai, to hindu, etc. Each chapter is written by a rabbi, preacher, whatever from that religion, so you don't get a "well, as a X I think the Y's do this...." I use it in my RCIA classes when I get someone from a religion I don't know anything about...
  9. by   TazziRN
    In any case, it's my understanding that it is against the law to do this because a) removed body parts need to be path'd. B) Biohazardous waste.
  10. by   bcskittlez
    Did you just assume that it was because of their pentacostal beliefs? What indication did he give you that said it was in regard to his "religious beliefs"? This is not a pentacostal practice.
  11. by   ANnot4me
    Othodox Jews and New Zealand Maori people believe that one must be buried with all body parts. I am sure there are others.
  12. by   Selke
    Were the patients white or aboriginal people? If aboriginals, maybe they need to keep anything removed from the body to dispose of themselves to prevent them from getting into the hands of a witch or other malevolent force; this would have nothing to do with being Pentecostal. Navajos (the largest tribe of native Americans) have such a belief and routinely ask for placentas, anything removed during surgery, &c.
  13. by   emsboss
    Pentecostal Minister here... Nothing I have ever read/heard/seen requires this. If they need removed...Let the docs hav'em.
  14. by   SilentfadesRPA
    I have known both Assembly of G*d folks and independent pentecostal church folks in my expirience and as well from patient care this not part of thier beliefs systems.

    I realize that body parts are biohazard however also know orthodox jewish beleifs that mandate all blood and body parts are to be buried with the person. I had had an uncle who had an amputation of the leg. After pathologist review was complete the limb was given to funeral director for crematon and then ashes given to him to be buried with him and they were.


    Marc
    Last edit by SilentfadesRPA on Oct 12, '06

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