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Document Typology: Book
Methodology addressed by the publication:Narrative medicine
Title of document: Near to the sick– health and pastoral care
Name of author(s): Flavia Caretta, Massimo Petrini, Agnes Briones, Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Name of publisher: CEPSAG, The Catholic University of Sacred Heart
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
Author maintained in this vastly important work that Westerners have misperceived religious life by making "religion" into one thing. He shows the inadequacy of "religion" to capture the living, endlessly variable ways and traditions in which religious faith presents itself in the worldI appreciate that a religious shrine would offer anointing of the sick for pilgrims. Elderly people might benefit–and by the way,The rite does not. People age 70 are far from elderly, and certainly many younger people are “older” in the sense of their general weakness and attitude toward life.
A cancer survivor with anxiety about the disease returning … this is a situation for pastoral counseling and spiritual direction. For a diagnosed disorder, it would be the occasion for anointing–once for a non-elderly believer.
Cases like this need to be handled more sensitively and creatively. If you get one anointing for a mental illness, then perhaps such an anointing should be planned to coincide with a breakthrough in therapy. The celebration of the sacrament might include a preparation period in which the purpose of anointing is carefully explained and applied to the individual’s situation. Anointing would be best done in the local community, surrounded by loved ones and other supporters. At minimum by the person’s pastor, someone presumably involved with the situation.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Here at LMSU Home Care department, we believe that every successful home care relationship depends on clear and regular communication between all parties involved. Our Care Coordinators don’t just refer a caregiver and disappear. We stay in constant contact with your loved one via a monthly call and quarterly in-person visit at no additional charge.
Every time a sick person coughs, sneezes or simply breathes, tiny germ-laden droplets are expelled into the air. Inhale these germs and you run the risk of getting sick, too. Whether you do get sick depends on many factors, including the hardiness of your immune system.
"If you expose a hundred people to a virus that causes the common cold, eighty of them probably wouldn't get anything; a few would come down with a cold; some of the people with colds would get an ear infection; and one person would develop bronchitis that leads to pneumonia.
But there are some other factors. You are less likely to pick up an illness, for instance, if you are traveling in a well-ventilated vehicle. Air generally circulates on trains and buses, where it enters through the windows and doors. (In fact, it's a good idea to open the window a crack if you find yourself sitting next to someone with the sniffles.
Another problem on airplanes is that the humidity level is low, resulting in dry throat, lips and nasal passages. "One way viruses enter the body is through cracks in the dry mucous membranes," says Patrick. "If you keep those areas moist, your protection is greatly enhanced. A virus may land on the surface of the mucous membrane, but it will not infect you if that area is
moist."For added protection against an airplane's dry air, Patrick recommends carrying a bottle of over-the-counter saline spray on the trip. Squirt the spray into your nostrils throughout the flight whenever you begin to feel dry. Apply lip balm to keep your lips moist.
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