Conventional coping strategies can be pushed to their limits when people find themselves in situations of suffering, illness, and dying. Moved beyond their everyday consciousness, individuals often have spiritual experiences of grace and encounters with the transcendent or the divine. The author shows how care providers can support patients in their suffering and how they can recognize patients' spiritual experiences. Explaining different types of experiences of transcendence such as seeing angels or feelings of otherness and presence, this book will be of valuable use to professionals working in palliative and spiritual care, such as spiritual caregivers, therapists, nurses, and physicians. The book entails a new approach to spiritual care which opens a space of hope wherein grace may happen even amid pain, suffering, illness and dying.
Introduction. 1. Spirituality is Experience. 2. Between Two Worlds: The Liminal Sphere and Its Laws. 3. Hope for Grace. 4. Experience of Transcendence as Reality and Grace. 5. Experiences of Angels and Darkness. 6. Experiences of God and the Divine. 7. Being or Relationship?. 8. Spiritual Care between Psychotherapy and Pastoral Care. 9. Spiritual Care Interventions. Appendix. References.