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Best of Blog: Moral Distress in Healthcare: the Value of Dying with Dignity Pt. 3

March 24, 2013 by admin  
Filed under Best Of Blog, Health

This is the third of a four-part series by 10 Million Clicks For Peace contributor, Corry Roach. We will feature the remaining part next week.
Part 1 is here.
Part 2 is here.

In our approach to the spiritual question around care, we are remiss in our presence of listening to the patients’ concerns or conclusions, particularly if they do not match our own.  It is my firm belief that we not only can, but must learn to stand steady with the patient’s journey of belief, and not get caught up in the differences.  It is not the destination, but the manner in which we as caregivers support the journey that is of credible import here.

I believe we are all on a spiritual quest of meaning in this life. I believe we often confuse spirituality, whose purpose I feel it is to embrace the oneness of our humanity; indeed all things living.

Religions, in how they are practised for the most part in the world, are much more divisive in nature, in my experience of them.  It is my humble observation that we can only assist this confusion into clarity if we, one person at a time, come to know the Truth of these matters in our own personhood first, both in heart and in mind.

In integration of beliefs and personhood, I then have that to also offer my fellow man, regardless of their race, creed, color, education, gender or beliefs. This takes much less energy in maintenance than the divisiveness that my ego brings to the interaction, in my experience. I can accept and respect others with greater ease, because I know my self and how my spiritual nature sustains me, so I can sustain others…

In non judgmental attendance, we are given the opportunity to expand our own experiences and references of realm.  It is my personal faith that we are all remarkably the same, despite our differences in belief systems. Peace comes to all who celebrate this Truth.

It is here that the study of holism and spirituality becomes of dire import in how we deliver healthcare to the dying in our culture.  I am of the personal view that it does not matter what path of spiritual or religious unfolding, introspection and evolution occurs; but that we must, as health care providers, be comfortable in acknowledging its import in the discussion of end of life care. Cultural and spiritual belief systems play a significant role in these issues, and I mean no disrespect when I share my thoughts.

Unfortunately, I believe that, despite our technologically advanced superior skills, we have much to catch up on, where our skills in embracing the needs of those who care for the dying (as well as their patients) are concerned.

It is my belief that all roads lead Home. If we fear death as caregivers or see it as failure; those judgments color our care and compassion, for the patient in their dying process as well as the loved ones who attend them.  We cannot serve them as fully or give of ourselves as freely if we have unfinished business around these issues.

We need teaching and guidance in this regard as caregivers, on a personal level, so that we might integrate them on a professional one. This will allow us to be present and integrative in our care of the dying patient. We will then be able to recognize death with the same joy and celebration as we do when we are born from our mother’s womb.

It is my heartfelt impression without contempt that we,  in healthcare are just beginning to gather our wits and energies in taking the first step towards embracing the need for compassionate, interactive care of the dying and their families…

Countless times in my life; I have stood on fearless, compassionate ground, knowing beyond doubt that the loved one (patient) is beyond all we can offer to heal and cure.  I have also watched family members and medical/nursing staff clearly stand in the way of what is inevitably beyond our reach in the human life cycle.

It has been my observation that our own unfinished business about our mortality interferes with this unrelenting dying process of those in our lives and care.

I am certain that there are indeed things so much worse than dying.  Scientists go into analysis paralysis frenzy trying to research/discover how to beat the Grim Reaper at his game, without realizing the consequences; that their behaviour is at risk of becoming an obscenity for the patient who is dying…

Dying, and how we walk that road, has sometimes only become a greater trail of suffering in our attempts to find that elusive cure. When we, as caregivers, are given the opportunity by necessity, to examine our personal belief systems around death, the process of dying will become more humane in our endeavours to comfort in end of life care. We must recognize that cure is sometimes possible, and healing is always possible, if we acknowledge that death can be the greatest healing of all.

Corry Roach’s website, www.ByGraceofMourning.ca offers personal and professional insight and education into the grief journey for those who mourn, from professionals to the bereaved and all who love them. Although the main focus is bereavement, loss of loved ones (or parts of ourselves) to terminal illness, dementia, aging, divorce/relationships/addictions are also discussed, as well as how to offer support. Grief resolution within ourselves is imperative, enriching our lives with personal empowerment as we work toward a life of spiritual meaning and inner peace.

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