The word “healing” shares the same root as the word “whole.” This book explores what it means to heal and be healed, especially when facing the challenges of chronic illness. Healing relates to whole-person care, to the preservation of a sense of personal well-being, dignity and integrity. Even when physical cure is not possible, we can promote—and receive—healing. Healing is not a solitary endeavor. It involves all of us—family members, friends, caregivers, as well as health professionals.
In reflecting on healing, it is vital to recognize how the values of contemporary culture inevitably shape the meaning of illness. The countercultural values of authentic Christian community provide an alternative perspective—one that transforms the meaning of illness and dying and that affirms personal worth in all circumstances.