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NHS’s first humanist chaplain: five minutes with . . . Lindsay van Dijk

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 18 April 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k1686
  1. Eliza Slawther
  1. London

The head chaplain at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust explains the role of pastoral care for patients

“Humanist pastoral care comes from the standpoint that the life we’re leading is the only life that we have, so we have to create meaning and purpose through that one life. We usually tend to reflect on a life well lived. When somebody is in times of need, for example, the questions that are raised …

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