How would you comfort a dying atheist? - page 6
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Also, do you think it is okay to respect the religious views of other family members , like praying, last rites... if they insist it be done?... Read More
- 5Mar 20, '12 by MerlynQuote from mindlorI'm sorry to say this but my post was what you call 'Joke'. Something to invoke humor. It is sad in these days that all of us are walking on egg shells when it comes to drugs. I go to the VA. Every two or three months I get tested. Last time I failed because of Oxycontin, The doctor closed the door and ask me," You can tell me. Where did you get it? I looked back at him and I said, "You should know. You prescribed it for me after my surgery." He said, "Oh yeah. I did didn't I." True StoryBe careful brother. THC in the system on a random drug screen will get you canned and quite probably cost you your lic.....
- 2Mar 21, '12 by MN-NurseQuote from stripbubbles"Hello, Social Work? Hi, It's me MN-Nurse. You know that atheist patient who is end of life? Yeah, that one. He's got a bunch of family members insisting on last rites, could you help me straighten those goofballs out? You will? Thanks!"Also, do you think it is okay to respect the religious views of other family members , like praying, last rites... if they insist it be done?
- 9Mar 21, '12 by brainkandy87Quote from woohAn Atheist chaplain... I think I need to start that service.I'd get our chaplain to work on that one.
"Do you believe that there is no god and you will not be entering the gates of heaven once your life ceases to be?"
"Do you take science before all others and accept the fact that you will experience nothing once your life ceases to be?"
"In the name of Dawkins and Hawking and Einstein and Sagan, I bless you my fellow traveler. May you rest in peace."
- 3Chaplains are there to help those of all faiths, even those whose "faith" is lacking faith in a deity. We have some really good ones. LOVE them. It's their job to provide spiritual support. And they're a great resource for questions like the OP, they know if there's something special or different to keep in mind for someone of a faith you're not familiar with. And they have contacts for bringing in someone if it's something they can't do, for example a Catholic family needing Last Rites, they can bring in a priest of the chaplain isn't one. If you haven't had the occasion to use the chaplain services at your hospital, look into it. They're a fabulous resource, even when it's not something you'd obviously think to call the chaplain for.
- 4Mar 21, '12 by lsphelps1953I've been a hospice nurse for about 5 years now. Spirituality is not only about religion. When a pt. is dying, it's about the pts wants, beliefs, and desires, not the nurse's. The nurse is there to listen to the pt and support them, not to tell them they are wrong about their feelings and beliefs. My personal feelings are mine, but I respect other people who feel differently. I have been with many, many pt.'s while they are dying. If they ( or their families) want to pray, or have a priest give last rites, I quietly stand there and bow my head. I'm not Catholic and I don't pretend to be but I do respect a pt's beliefs. Chaplains are trained to assist everyone with their spiritual beliefs. They are great! Use them!It would be nice to go back to the days when religion, money, and politics were not discussed!