Religious Literacy in End of Life Care

Pentaris, Panagiotis, ed. 2021. Religious Literacy in End of Life Care, Religions, . 2077-1444 [Edited Journal]

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The conceptions of religion, nonreligion, faith, belief, and spirituality have long been explored in the context of end of life care. These explorations have navigated not only the links between (non)belief and death, dying and grief, but also ways in which to better understand the cultural, traditional, and personal impact that they have on human experience. Since the inception of the hospice movement, spirituality, if not the rest, has been embedded in the way we appreciate holistic care for the dying. Nonetheless, to develop a full comprehension of how this area presents itself in the twenty-first century, it seems important that the two distinct areas here are identified; namely, religion and end of life care. Both areas have seen tremendous changes in the course of the second half of the twentieth century and continue to do so into the twenty-first. The human alienation from faith and the dead body has led to a place of unawareness or perhaps lack of understanding of how to address both when the time comes that they are back in the core of the conversation (Walter, 1999 for death; Dinham and Francis, 2015 for religion and religious literacy).

Drawing on the framework of religious literacy (Dinham and Francis, 2015), this volume invites scholars to examine the ways in which religion, nonreligion, faith, belief, and spirituality, all together or independently, are integrated aspects of end of life care. The issue pays attention to the ever-growing diversity of belief, or lack thereof, and the recently recorded lack of religious literacy in this area (Pentaris, 2019), which raise concerns about the quality of religiously sensitive end of life care services. The issue is interested in bringing together the most current and ground-breaking work on religious literacy in end of life care, as documented with empirical evidence.

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Edited Journal

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS)
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Centre for Community Engagement Research
Social, Therapeutic & Community Engagement (STaCS) > Faiths and Civil Society


2 May 2021

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28 Feb 2024 16:33

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01 Mar 2024 12:40


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