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Monday, August 25, 2014

Multi-faith Practices: A guide for caregivers

The Multi-faith practices: a guide for caregivers pamphlet is published by the Schlegel-University of Waterloo Research Institute for Aging (RIA).  This user-friendly resource is a practical guide for long-term care staff and provides a brief overview of six major religions: Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism and Sikhism.  It should also be noted that spiritual practices can be different even within the same religion, and so it is always best to ask residents, family and/or caregivers about their personal preferences.

The guide provides the following information about each religion:

  • A brief description of the religion and its major beliefs
  • Holy Days, holidays, and ritual observances
  • Caring practices during late life or illness
  • Rituals and other practices that are important near the end of life
  • Sacred texts, scriptures, and prayers that may provide comfort at times of distress or when someone is dying.

To access the guide, please visit

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