Spirituality & Health Care - An Introduction - By Dr Frans J. Cronje
Spiritual needs can be addressed without prolonged training or prohibitive investments of time. They can be met without provoking offense, projecting judgment, precipitating guilt, promoting alienation, perpetuating superstition, propagating magical thinking or producing escapism.
The spiritual dimension offers purpose, meaning & comfort; greater partnering and compliance; restoration of relationships;
and relief of suffering.
Therefore, we cannot allow our own ignorance, prejudice or fear to prevent us from addressing the spiritual needs and realities of our patients. To do so is to deny their reality and human dignity; it limits access to essential resources in the healing process and therefore violates the very precepts of our profession.
Dr Frans J Cronjé 2011