Spirituality and Medicine: Preserving Human Dignity at the End of Life – Cultural, Social and Religious Perspectives

The slogan “Death and Dignity” is frequently used with reference to a human death. Yet it is an ambiguous and often confusing concept. Rabbi David Albert addresses different meanings of human dignity, personhood and the value of life. This course will deepen your bioethical vocabulary and teach practical skills that better support patients to live, and die, with dignity.


Target Audience

Physicians and Psychologists, Chaplains, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners and Nurses who provide care for dying patients and their families.  


Learning Objectives

  • Define the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) definition of “good death.”
  • Analyze the importance of cultural competency when treating a patient at end-of-life.
  • Identify steps that help promote human dignity.
  • Apply IOM’s evidence-based recommendations for end-of-life care.
Additional information

Chochinov, H. M. (2006). Dying, Dignity, and New Horizons in Palliative EndofLife Care. CA: a cancer journal for clinicians, 56(2), 84-103.

Chochinov, H. M., Kristjanson, L. J., Hack, T. F., Hassard, T., McClement, S., & Harlos, M. (2006). Dignity therapy in the terminally ill: Revisited. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 9, 666-672.

Krause, N. (2010). The social milieu of the church and religious coping responses: A longitudinal investigation of older whites and older blacks. The International journal for the psychology of religion, 20(2), 109-129.

UNESCO, 2011. Casebook on Benefit and Harm, Bioethics Core Curriculum Casebook Series, No. 1, UNESCO: Paris, 144 pp.

Pargament, K. I., Mahoney, A. E., & Shafranske, E. P. (2013). APA handbook of psychology, religion, and spirituality (Vol 2): An applied psychology of religion and spirituality. American Psychological Association.

Ogden, J. A. (2005). Fractured minds: A case-study approach to clinical neuropsychology. Oxford University Press.



Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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Rabbi David Albert, D.Min. BCC
Senior Staff Chaplain
South Miami Hospital 
Pastoral Care Services

Rabbi David Albert, D.Min. BCC, faculty for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose and has indicated that the presentation or discussion will not include off-label or unapproved product usage. 

Rev. Guillermo Escalona, MDIV, BCC, conference director for this educational activity, has no relevant financial relationship with ineligible companies* to disclose.

Non-faculty contributors and others involved in the planning, development, and editing/review of the content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies*. 

*Ineligible companies -- Companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 General certificate of attendance
  • 1.00 Nurse Practitioners
  • 1.00 Florida Board of Nursing
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