New Religions and the New Europe Conference: Hospice work 'encourages broader view of spirituality'
Monday 29 March 1993
He told the conference that one of the founders of the movement had argued that the work demanded that those who care for the dying move beyond narrow religious dogmas, and also beyond scientific materialism. This was exactly the programme of the New Age movement.
Hospice workers had been driven by experience towards a New Age position. It might be an article of evangelical belief that some people would go to hell, but it was impossible to care long for the dying and not feel that God should rescue all of them.
Equally, the job of hospital chaplain could only be done in a limited number of ways. Some of these were quite unacceptable in the NHS, such as the attempt to pray by everybody's bedside. It was also difficult, if you believed you could help large numbers of people, merely to be on call for those who asked to see you.
The most popular way of doing the job, Dr Walter said, was 'to broaden religion to mean 'spirituality', defined as 'whatever gives meaning to life'. But that makes it totally up to the patient to decide what it all means.'
This, he said, corroded the basis on which a chaplain or religiously motivated nurse could do the job. They were driven to a much more general welcoming of all the patient's spiritual influences, and so into a more New Age position.
Hospices that resisted the trend would find their supply of patients drying up, he predicted. There were now more than 200 hospices in the country, so patients could to some extent choose where to die.
elephant appealThe first 23 lots in our charity auction have now gone. But there are 22 more still up for grabs
The Silicon Valley awards which treat scientists like rockstars
comedy'Fresh Meat' star sees off stiff competition from Alan Carr, David Mitchell, Graham Norton, Lee Mack and Sarah Millican to win top prize
Mystery of Epping Forest 'big cat' is solved
North Korea: First Kim Jong-un orders execution of uncle - now it emerges that victim's wife was involved in decision to execute him
Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- 1 Italian court annuls prison sentence for elderly paedophile after 11-year-old victim tells investigators in Catanzaro that she loves him
- 2 Australia incest case: Deformed children found in remote farming community after generations of inbreeding
- 3 Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told
- 4 Physicists discover 'clearest evidence yet' that the Universe is a hologram
- 5 Fox News presenter tells viewers it is a 'fact' that both Jesus and Santa Claus are white
- < Previous
- Next >
£500 - £525 per day: Harrington Starr: Business Intelligence Consultant/Develo...
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Charter Selection: High end/luxury residential fit ...
£150 - £250 per annum: PCR Recruitment Limited: West London based Broadcaster ...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Pro-Recruitment Group: Stuck In A Rut? ...