Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families
Release Date:21 Apr 2015

Multifaith Care for Sick and Dying Children and their Families

A Multidisciplinary Guide

Jessica Kingsley Publishers

What do you need to know in order to provide the best possible care for sick children of different faiths? What, in the context of the young person's faith, might it be helpful to know to support the child and the family, improve care, communicate sensitively and avoid causing offence?

Drawing on extensive, evidence-based research and practice, this practical resource addresses the multi-faith needs of sick and dying children and young people in hospitals and the wider community. Covering Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism, Judaism and Buddhism, it provides the key information needed to help multi-disciplinary healthcare staff offer the best, culturally-appropriate care to sick children and their families. The book discusses daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care in a range of settings, including hospitals, hospices, schools and home. The information provided covers those aspects of the religions discussed that are essential for healthcare staff to understand, including modesty and hygiene, taboos, food and prohibited products, age-related issues, sacred objects, visitors, and the expectations of the family. It includes important information on the issues of disability and mental health in each faith as well as addressing the significance within different faith traditions of the transitions from childhood to adolescence to adulthood.

A comprehensive resource that uniquely focuses on the care needs of sick children from different faiths, this book will be of immeasurable value to multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, bereavement support and palliative care workers, carers, counsellors, chaplains and arts therapists.

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Paul Nash has worked at Birmingham Children's Hospital since 2002 and has been Chaplaincy Team Leader (Senior Chaplain) since 2004. He is Director of Red Balloon Resources: for paediatric daily, palliative end of life and bereavement care for children, families and staff and the Co-founder and Co-convenor of the Paediatric Chaplaincy Network for Great Britain and Ireland. Paul is perceived to be one of the leading thinkers in the field of paediatric chaplaincy. He also lectures on work with children and young people, and is currently researching and developing distinctive standards, competencies and best practice for paediatric chaplaincy. He is the academic lead on children's and young people's chaplaincy modules with Staffordshire and Gloucestershire Universities.

Zamir Hussain is a Muslim Chaplain at Birmingham Children's Hospital and has pioneered resources in Islamic health care. She has published several books for bereaved Muslim parents and siblings. She has also developed the first UK blended learning resource, including care plans and pathways for Islamic daily, palliative, end of life and bereavement care for paediatric staff. Zamir has worked as a Muslim Chaplain for both the Heart of England NHS Trust and Birmingham Children's hospital for over five years, where she has also run training courses for the staff as well as delivering training and talks on care for Muslim patients to organisations around the country.

Madeleine Parkes is a spiritual care advisor and researcher with Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Madeleine has a degree in Theology and Philosophy and is currently completing her Masters in Health Research. She has worked as an autism therapist and volunteers with the Samaritans. She is continuing her counselling training with accreditation from the UK Council for Psychotherapists and has a keen interest in the role that spirituality and religion can play in health and wellbeing, particularly in mental health. Madeleine has published original research in a number of peer-reviewed journals and has contributed several co-authored chapters to edited books on spirituality and mental health.

Introduction. Revd. Paul Nash, Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK. 1. 5 key objectives and values of multifaith care. Paul Nash. 2. Care of a Buddhist child and their family. Keith Munnings, Buddhist Healthcare Chaplaincy Group, UK. Madeleine Parkes, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust and Birminghan Children's Hospital, UK. 3. Care of a Christian child and their family. Paul Nash. Madeleine Parkes 4. Care of a Hindu child and their family. Madeleine Parkes. Rakesh Bhatt, Hindu Chaplaincy Services, Paediatric, Acute and Mental Health NHS Foundation Trusts, UK. 5. Care of a Jewish child and their family. Madeleine Parkes. Rabbi Naomi Kalish, NYP Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, US. 6. Care of a Muslim child and their family. Zamir Hussain, Birmingham Children's Hospital. Madeleine Parkes 7. Care of a Sikh child and their family. Madeleine Parkes. Parkash Sohal, Sikh Chaplaincy Services, Paediatric and Acute NHS Services, West Midlands, UK. Surinder Sidhu, Birmingham Children's Hospital, UK. 8. Spiritual care - Christmas in July for a Hindu family. Revd. Claire Carson, Hospital Chaplain, London, UK. 9. A Buddhist mother's reflections on spiritual and religious care. Kusumavarsa Hart, therapist and writer, West Midlands, UK. 10. Engaging health care and religious care. Paul Nash. Appendix 1. BCH Palliative, End of Life and Bereavement Issues in Religious Care of Children. Appendix 2. Key festivals. Appendix 3. Example of a religious care pathway and care plan.
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