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Author Bálint Á., Magyari J.
Title The use of bibliotherapy in revealing and addressing the spiritual needs of cancer patients

Bálint Á., Magyari J.; The use of bibliotherapy in revealing and addressing the spiritual needs of cancer patients ;Religions vol:11 issue: 3.0 page:

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Abstract Assessing and addressing spiritual needs is a key factor in the quality of life and overall wellbeing of cancer patients. However, the evolution and diversification of assessment tools has not automatically been followed by their successful implementation; thus, addressing unmet needs continues to be a concern. In this paper, we examine the place of bibliotherapy (also called reading therapy or poetry therapy) as a group intervention in the oncological setting in revealing spiritual needs. We show that it represents not only a useful intervention but may also provide instant relief and reduce spiritual suffering. Bibliotherapy understood and practiced as a subtle balance of texts and group processes alleviates cognitive and emotional symptoms of a spiritual concern and facilitates finding meaning in life in general and illness in particular. As an intervention, it is effective, affordable and attractive; moreover, it equips patients receiving treatment and rehabilitation with the lifelong skill of reflective reading. Bibliotherapy is easily tailored to almost any needs and promotes self-expression, which provides spiritual fulfillment in itself. © 2020 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


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