People with aids : a hospice chaplain uses story as a means of education for spiritual care

Full Title
People with aids : a hospice chaplain uses story as a means of education for spiritual care
Linda J Bos
This project is designed for use by clergy, pastoral care teams, hospice workers, or clinical pastoral education groups, who provide spiritual care for people with AIDS. Stories of real people with AIDS, who utilized hospice care at the end of life, were gathered by a hospice chaplain, and can be used for individual growth or in a group setting.

Ten stories are given in chapter format. The stories reflect the diversity within the AIDS population: injection drug users, gay men, heterosexual individuals, transsexuals, and those who care for people with AIDS.

Each chapter consists of the primary story of the person with AIDS, followed by theological reflections, concluding with a page of reflection questions.

Theological themes include, but are not limited to: the role and scope of the church; creation; death and its impact on family, children, caregivers; healing; sin; inherited brokenness; angels unaware; forgiveness; heaven; presence of God; community; rejection/acceptance; disease; eternal life; grief and loss; evangelism; rituals of inclusion; and, resurrection.

Reflection questions are based upon the author's long experience with small groups. The questions build from chapter one to ten as the group is first introduced to the subject matter of AIDS and to each other, closing with termination of the group at the conclusion of the ten sessions.

An annotated bibliography on AIDS literature is included as a resource, as are appendices on an overview of spiritual care to the person with AIDS, and small group guidelines.

The project shows that by using story, a person or a small group can learn about providing spiritual care to the person with AIDS.
Degree Granting Institution
United States
Degree Granted
Doctor of Ministry
Type of Work
D.Min. Project
Number of Pages
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