- When you were a child, how was the issue of death dealt with in your family?
- What do you think causes most deaths?
- Do you believe that psychological factors can predispose someone toward dying?
- In your thinking, what role does god play in the areas of illness, suffering and death?
- What does death mean to you? (Use words or phrases to express what you feel.)
- What aspect of your own death is most distasteful or frightening to you?
- If you could choose, when, where and how would you die? Who would be with you?
- Does the possibility of massive human destruction by nuclear war influence your present attitudes toward death? How?
- When do most people face the reality of death?
- Do you believe in a life after death? Why?
PERSONAL SPIRITUAL SURVEY
- Explain in a few brief sentences who God is for you.
- Of what does your belief system consist?
- What form does your prayer usually take?
- When you question the meaning of life for yourself, what convictions strike you most clearly or deeply?
- When you try to fathom the “why” of illness and suffering, what thoughts or feelings are conjured up within you?
- If you have spent some time considering your own death, what strong thoughts or feelings about it do you have? If you have not, where would a consideration of your own dying take you?
* from Jacik, Miriam. “Spiritual Care of the Dying Adult.” In Carson, Verna Benner. Spiritual Dimensions of Nursing Practice (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders 1989) p259, 277.
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