Degree Granting Department
Darrell J. Fasching, Ph.D.
Carolyn Ellis, Ph.D.
David Schenck, Ph.D.
Ethics, Illness, Spirituality, Relationality, Religion
The person experiencing chronic or protracted illness is confronted with a complex array of physical, emotional and spiritual trials. This thesis explores how chronic illness can be viewed through the lens of the shamanic experience of dismemberment and re-memberment and shows how clinical, narrative, and relational models on their own are insufficient to speak meaningfully to illness experiences, but the integration of aspects of each of these models when coupled with shamanic initiation experience creates an innovative model for patients and those with whom they are in relationship.
Scholar Commons Citation
Klein, Ellen W., "Shamanism, Spiritual Transformation and the Ethical Obligations of the Dying Person: A Narrative Approach" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.