Religious attitudesto the elderly and death

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  • Religious attitudes to the elderly and death
    • What is death?
      • The end of a life normally when the brain stops functioning
      • some religions believe it is where the soul eaves the body
    • believe on what happens after death
      • less than 10% of people in the UK worship regular but over 90% have religious funerals
        • traditionally black is worn at funerals as it signifies sadness and mourning
      • Christian beliefs
        • God/Allah decides where someone spends eternity
          • this depends on how they have followed their religion and how they have lived their lives
            • "whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life "
            • "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies"
        • Hell: a state of being without God (with the devil)
          • Purgatory: a time of spiritual clensing
            • Roman  Catholics believe that before judgement day purgatory is used to help God decide who goes to Heaven or Hell
              • However others believe God chooses without
        • Heaven: a state of being with God
          • Purgatory: a time of spiritual clensing
            • Roman  Catholics believe that before judgement day purgatory is used to help God decide who goes to Heaven or Hell
              • However others believe God chooses without
      • Islamic beliefs
        • God/Allah decides where someone spends eternity
          • this depends on how they have followed their religion and how they have lived their lives
            • "whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life "
            • "He who believes in me will live, even though he dies"
        • Paradise (a state much like heaven)
          • Allah invites them in
        • Barzakh: a state of waiting between death and judgement day
        • Hell: a state of being without God (with the devil)
      • problems the elderly face
        • Poverty
          • rely on state pensions and benefits
        • retirement
          • can make some feel unvalued and rejected
        • illness
          • more health problems
          • less mobile
            • health and social need to help them
              • more health problems
            • housebound
        • loneliness
          • more than 2 million elderly people live alone (mainly women who have been widowed
      • how should the elderly be cared for?
        • living at home
          • some help may be given
        • living with family
          • Islam has an extended family society
        • community options
          • sheltered housing
            • a flat complex with a warden on site
          • care homes/ residential home and hospices
            • elderly person has own room but care a food is provided
              • in care homes nursing care  is given
        • religious believes on how the elderly should be treated
          • Islamic views
            • most Muslims believe that the elderly should be cared for by their children
              • "he lost his right to paradise because he didn't look after them"
            • it is seen as disrespectful and unkind to send elderly parent to a home
              • "the lord has decreed that ye be kind to parents"
          • Christian views
            • Christians believe that the wishes of the elderly should be respected
              • "honour your father and mother"(10 commandments)
              • one way to do this is to keep  their independence
                • when this isn't possible they should do  the for their parents
            • churches provide p to elderly  like crafts and communions in churches, houses and homes
      • euthanasia and taking life
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    • one way to do this is to keep  their independence
      • when this isn't possible they should do  the for their parents
    • Christian views and teachings
    • Islamic views and teachings
    • key terms and points to remeber
    • Christian and Islamic view

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