Labor Repose

Labor Repose
LaborPayne during her 6th homebirth (9th baby) at age 44

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Teacher Becomes Student

Yesterday in class Sr. Morningstar came to speak to us about spirituality in healthcare. Just as she was beginning introductions, a student in my class had a seizure. After 911 was called, and the student attended to, class continued, but not as it would have before. Morningstar took the opportunity to address the condition of our spirits after the event. It was a brilliant lesson come to life. Instead of a lecture about spirituality in health, we had a real life experience of what it is to address the spiritual needs of the body in distress, and the family in distress (in this case, we were the family, who had experienced a beloved one experience a trauma). The entire event seemed whole and complete as Morningstar lovingly tended to our spirits and gave us opportunity to process what we had experienced. This is such a missing element in healthcare today. I hope my students get how important it is to care for the whole person, from this experience.

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