Please write a paragraph responding to the discussion bellow. Add citations and references in alphabetical order.
For some, religion is the most important aspect of life and they will sacrifice their life in the name of god. An example of this is the Jehovah’s Witnesses. In being a member of this religious group, it is thought that you will abide by the religious rules, which prohibit certain types of medical treatment, eg, blood transfusions, tissue transplantation, and abortions. Today in the United States, there are about 535,000 practicing memebers (Findly & Redstone, (n.d.).
Part of working in the medical field, we have to remember that we are not only treating a body but there is a whole person that is being affected by the disease process that brought them to the hospital in the first place. As (Puchalski, 2001, p. 1) describes it, “Spiritual or compassionate care involves serving the whole person—the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual”. Puchalski brings up another great point about how people long for support from their families and loved ones through their time of struggle but in the case of when an illness is incurable, people look for a higher power to help them accept the illness and find peace within one’s life, to me, that is the definition of spirituality.
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When it comes to my own beliefs, I choose not to be a part of a religious group. I believe that if we all would treat others with kindness and compassion, that our lives could co-exist in harmony. We can support each other in our times of need and share our experiences with one another so that we can all learn lessons from one another instead having to only rely on what someone wrote in a book and decided we should all do centuries ago, which often don’t apply in our modern world.
Findly, L. J., Redstone, P. M. (n.d.). Blood transfusion in adults Jehovah’s Witnesses. A case study of one congregation.Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7065795
Puchalski, C. M. (2001). The Role of Spirituality in Health Care from Proceedings. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1305900/