Power, empowerment and surrender in the context of paediatric spiritual care

Authors: Champagne, Elaine
Abstract: The dynamics of ‘surrender’ is here put in dialectic with the dynamics of ‘power’ observed in situation involving children and their caregivers in a paediatric hospital setting. Following a qualitative research method used in practical theology, three case studies are presented and then interpreted in the light of both social sciences and Christian theology / spirituality. In the power / surrender paradox, there will always be a need for discernment for each situation and each encounter if the caregiver wants to better care for the children and continue to acknowledge their contribution to the life experience and wisdom of adults. Power and surrender both need to be embraced in order to grow in a fruitful spiritual life.
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 24 November 2014
Open Access Date: 24 May 2016
Document version: AM
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/12691
This document was published in: International Journal of Children's Spirituality, Vol. 19 (3-4), 150–163 (2014)
Alternative version: 10.1080/1364436X.2014.979773
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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