Drawing on in-depth interviews with older people, Elizabeth MacKinlay, an experienced nurse and chaplain, develops an understanding of spirituality that enables the reader to explore the spiritual dimension of ageing and to learn how it contributes to well being and health in later life. This accessible and inspiring book will be a useful text for students, trainers and academics, policy makers and practitioners in health and social care, as well as religious professionals, in hospital, residential and other caring settings.
1. An ageing society and the spiritual dimension. 2. Examining spirituality and ageing. 3. Religion, faith and spirituality. 4. Meaning in life: Spiritual development in ageing. 5. Types of ultimate meaning and images of God. 6. Religious responses to ultimate meaning in life. 7. Response to meaning through experience. 8. The spiritual journey in ageing. 9. Perceptions of self-sufficiency and vulnerability in ageing. 10. Wisdom and the move from provisional to final meanings. 11. Hope, fear and despair and the last career. 12. Humour, laughter, spirituality and ageing. 13. Spirituality, relationship and issues of isolation in ageing. 14. A picture of spirituality and ageing. 15. The spiritual dimension of ageing: Challenges and preparations for ageing, Bibliographical references. Index.