Master of Theology (MTh)
Martin Luther University College
The paper examines a number of studies conducted on caregivers of the institutionalized elderly, including a large qualitative research project conducted by the author and a hospital administrator. Finding that many professional caregivers of the aged continue to deny their own aging and death to some degree, this paper seeks to chart the relationship between such denial and spiritual wholeness. The facets of denial, both positive and negative, are examined in the light of the dual nature of spirituality. Midlife is viewed as being the crucial time for growth and well-being for oneself and for the wider community, including the earth. Theological and practical considerations are offered.
Gartshore, Ian Elliott, "Engaging denial through spirituality: An ethnographic study of caregivers of the elderly and implications for pastoral care" (1994). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 806.