Divergent logics of spiritual care: End of life and the role of the Church of Sweden
2009 (English)In: Journal of Religion, Spirituality & Aging, ISSN 1552-8030, Vol. 21, no 4, 344-360 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This article addresses the role of the Church of Sweden in spiritual care for parishioners in their end-of-life phase. The frame of reference is a new geography of dying that implies that a majority of Swedes today, particularly older people, die in their local neighborhood of belonging, in fact in their parishes. Findings from a study of all parishes in two Swedish communities are presented that indicate support for dying parishioners is surprisingly uncommon, although most parishes offer support for the bereaved. A possible interpretation of these contrasting patterns is discussed. The findings indicate that divergent forms of care logic motivated the different types of support offered by the Church. Long-standing relationships with aging parishioners seemed to be at the heart of the matter.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2009. Vol. 21, no 4, 344-360 p.
Aging, end of life, Church of Sweden, spiritual care, care logic
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-52553DOI: 10.1080/15528030903158192OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-52553DiVA: diva2:284075