Spiritually Sensitive Caregiving: A Multi-Faith Handbook
written by Janice Harris Lord, Melissa Hook, Sharon J. English, Sharifa Alkhateeb
Compassion Press is proud to offer this urgently needed new resource for caregivers in all walks of life. Spiritually Sensitive Caregiving provides essential information about the religious beliefs and rituals, death issues, and justice issues of the six largest faith groups in the United States – Native American, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Carefully researched and organized, it will assist caregivers in quickly and accurately providing appropriate support for people of unfamiliar cultures and religions who are hurting.
In addition to basic information about religious beliefs, this handbook provides essential information to help with a wide range of issues, including:
Autopsy and anatomical donation
Funeral and burial practices
Beliefs about the afterlife
Beliefs about justice, revenge and forgiveness
Reporting a Crime
Victim Impact Statements
Testifying in court
The four highly qualified authors have worked with a cadre of consultants and reviewers to include guidance for emergency responders, health care and mental health professionals, educators, law enforcement and other justice personnel, and any others who seek to offer culturally-sensitive services to those in need.
Janice Harris Lord, MSW, is the author of many books and articles on trauma, grief, and spirituality in social work practice and victim advocacy. She is the wife of a Christian minister and served as National Director of Victim Services for Mothers Against Drunk Driving for fourteen years. She has been a partner on clergy-training projects and has collaborated on a seminary curriculum on ministry to victims of crime.
Sharon J. English, MSW, has more than thirty-five years of experience in the juvenile justice system. She currently serves on the California Youthful Offender Parole Board as a Hearing Officer. For this publication, Sharon English focuses on Judaism and Hinduism.
Melissa Hook, BA, an author who writes about ethics and crime victim issues. She directs the victim assistance program for the Deputy Mayor’s Office for Public Safety and Justice in the District of Columbia. Melissa is a practicing Buddhist and was a special projects editor for Tricycle: The Buddhist Review between 1993 and 1998.
Sharifa Alkhateeb, MA, was the president of the North American Council for Muslim Women and the president of the Muslim Education Council. This was Sharifa’s last work.
"This slim volume outlines the fundamental dimensions of spirituality and ritual, including crucial multi-faith differences surrounding death and justice. The authors comprehensively highlight multi-faith similarities and differences in a clarifying style that will serve as a valuable reference for every reader (clinician, non-clinician or researcher) for understanding and providing more sensitive guidance to families."
-Dr. E. K. Rynearson
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Washington
Paperback, 208 pages.