When facing death, people need more than physical care but also emotional as well as spiritual care. Part of that care entails helping the person transition from this life to the next. Pastoral Thanatology is the science of helping people face death.
The article, “Why help is needed when facing death” by John Dolan looks to answer the question of why individuals need help when facing death. The article states,
“In my nearly 30 years as a priest, I have had the privilege of visiting the homebound, and those in convalescent homes, hospice and/or in palliative care. I have witnessed many families gathered together, accompanying their parents or grandparents as they died peacefully.”
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