Indian philosophical foundations of spirituality at the end of life

Inbadas, H. (2018) Indian philosophical foundations of spirituality at the end of life. Morality, 23(4), pp. 320-333. (doi: 10.1080/13576275.2017.1351936)

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Growing understanding of spirituality at the end of life demands more theoretical research on the subject. Empirical studies have highlighted the need for exploring philosophical and cultural concepts to facilitate a fuller understanding of spirituality at the end of life. This paper explores Indian philosophy to inform the conceptualisation of spirituality at the end of life in the Indian context. Three key themes from discourses on spirituality at the end of life have been analysed: the concept of the human person, the purpose of life and the meaning of death. The human person is from and of the Divine, eternal and is capable of cognition and experience. The purpose of human life is to unite with the ultimate Reality, the Divine, by living life righteously according to prescribed ways and by achieving detachment from the illusion of the world. Death is part of life and not that which ends it. The moment of death is an opportunity for the ultimate transformation, Moksha. Analysing these philosophical foundations can provide the contextual frame for understanding the spiritual needs of palliative care patients and their families and the possibility of developing culturally relevant approaches to providing spiritual care at the end of life.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Inbadas, Reverend D Hamilton
Authors: Inbadas, H.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Interdisciplinary Studies
Journal Name:Morality
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9885
Published Online:19 July 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Author
First Published:First published in Morality 23(4):320-333
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
645151Interventions at the end of life: social, historical and comparative analysis to promote global improvement.David ClarkWellcome Trust (WELLCOTR)103319/Z/13/ZIS - INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES