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‘I was impressed with the accessibility of the book, offering a guided tour through the history, context and purposes of reminiscence therapy, the range of applications from promoting social and emotional stimulation to reminiscence as psychotherapy. It also provides a brief overview of its theoretical underpinnings… As a book for health professionals interested in reminiscence work, it is a must for the shelf… most importantly it emphasizes the need for adequate training and supervision for those undertaking this type of work… the authors [also] provide a very good working guide to the assessment process’ - Aging and Health

In this practical and accessible book, leading exponents of reminiscence work describe the purposes and techniques of reminiscence and set out detailed guidelines on how to implement and ...

Purpose Thirteen: Reminiscence and Spirituality
Purpose thirteen: Reminiscence and spirituality

Many of the values that are explicitly or implicitly espoused and advocated in reminiscence work - respect for the other, valuing them, listening to them, sharing - seem to have a clear spiritual or religious component. These values are common to most religions. It follows that spirituality informs or is integral to reminiscence; and that a familiarity with and competence in reminiscence work should be useful in religious or spiritual work.

One of the authors, Andrew Norris, trained as a clinical psychologist and worked for a number of years with older adults, then later left the NHS to become a priest in the Church of England. To help him put across his views on reminiscence and spirituality ...

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