End of life care: What do religions say?

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The reporter spoke to leaders from Buddhist, Christian, Muslim and Jewish communities in the UK, as well as a leading researcher. 

The article notes that: “Although there can be variations in how branches of the same faith view specific situations, there is one common thread: that life is sacred and should be preserved.”

Pain may be interpreted in spiritual terms by some individuals, but according to the article: “Faiths agree on the fact that a patient with an incurable illness does not have to undergo extensive suffering.”

Dr Jonathan Koffman, lecturer in palliative care at King’s College London’s Cicely Saunders Institute, has researched the role of religion and spirituality at the end of life. He emphasizes that it is important for doctors to understand a person’s faith, and also that patients’ levels of religiosity, as well as the way they respond to their illness may change over time. He stresses the importance of doctor-patient communication for navigating this difficult time. 

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