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Spirituality and community in the last stage of life.

Author: Simmons, H.C.
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Date 1998
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Gerontological-Social-Work
Volume/Pages 29(2/3): 73-91
Subject Matter Spirituality; Aging; Communities
Abstract The title of this paper puts together three concepts that belong together. This essay shows the necessary interrelationship of spirituality, community, and the last stage life, and draws out some implications of this interrelationship for aging with dignity. The author begins with a conviction: the last years of life cannot be adequately described without attention to a struggle to keep the human spirit from being overwhelmed by frailty, which is described as a spiritual struggle. As Maurice Sendak was quoted as saying, There must be more to life than having everything. Indeed there is. And at a time of life when having everything is less and less an option, it is critical to search out and affirm that something more to life.. (Journal abstract, edited.)