Spirituality and mental health

Authored by: Rachel J. Cullinan , Christopher C.H. Cook

The Routledge International Handbook of Spirituality in Society and the Professions

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138214675
eBook ISBN: 9781315445489
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The experience of dementia poses some unique challenges to our assumptions about spirituality and its role in human life. Dementia strikes at human capacities such as memory, communication, self-awareness and agency which we count as central to our consciousness and spirituality. For some, this even means that a person with dementia has no access to spirituality and cannot be counted as a ‘person’ at all.

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