Prayer with patients if you don't believe - page 2

Hi there. If a patient or their family asks you to pray with them/for them, what do you say if you don't believe/have a religion/don't believe in prayer? Would it be considered offensive if you say... Read More

  1. by   proudnurseRN
    I consider myself a Humanist. I certainly wouldn't be able to lead a prayer, but I do stand in silence and I do say Amen. I also refer to religion when I know a person has a certain religion- "God is looking over you in this time of pain, and I pray that he puts his healing hands on you" That may seem fake to some people, but I truly believe that everyone has the right to believe as they wish, as long as it doesn't interfere with the rights of others. I don't mind participating in it, even though I may not believe in it.

    The same thing can be said for homosexuality for example. While I am not homosexual, I will acknowledge a pts partner as the girlfriend, boyfriend, wife, husband, or whatever the pt has determined it. If a homosexual friend asked me to attend a gay pride event, I would do it. Essentially, even though I don't play for that team, I still support their rights.

    Same thing for religion. I may not be on the same team, but I still support it.