HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.C.R. NO.11          
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 1999                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE CONCURRENT
                        RESOLUTION
URGING COUNSELORS, CLERGY OF ALL RELIGIONS, FAITH HEALERS, AND
   HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS TO INTEGRATE SPIRITUAL AND
   CULTURAL COUNSELING SERVICES INTO THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.



 1       WHEREAS, living and dying with dignity takes many different
 2   forms in Hawaii's rich cultural community; and
 3   
 4       WHEREAS, many religious and cultural traditions have
 5   resources and practices that can make the dying process more
 6   dignified and holistic; and
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 8       WHEREAS, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Panel on Living and
 9   Dying with Dignity (Blue Ribbon Panel) has been looking at how
10   to encourage greater access to, and use of, spiritual and
11   cultural resources and practices that will be helpful and
12   healing to individuals and their family at the end of their
13   lives; and
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15       WHEREAS, it is believed by many that, in most cases, when
16   an individual has had the opportunity to work on and deal with
17   the many personal and spiritual issues that arise at the end of
18   life, and when this work has been done well, that the physical
19   process of dying will take a more natural and easy course; and
20   
21       WHEREAS, ideally, it would be best for individuals to have
22   the opportunity to communicate with family and friends before
23   they die, and to have available to them such spiritual
24   counseling as they desire and deem appropriate; and
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26       WHEREAS, the Blue Ribbon Panel believes that
27   misunderstandings regarding the meaning of death and its
28   spiritual benefits are gently lifted through communication and
29   affirmation of the cycles of life; and
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31       WHEREAS, the Blue Ribbon Panel has unanimously recommended
32   that spiritual counseling be made more available to individuals
33   who are afflicted with life-threatening illnesses by

 
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 1   integrating those services more fully into the health care
 2   system; now, therefore,
 3   
 4       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
 5   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
 6   of 1999, the Senate concurring, that counselors, clergy of all
 7   religions, faith healers, and health care professionals
 8   integrate spiritual and cultural counseling services into the
 9   health care system; and
10   
11       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that counselors, clergy of all
12   religions, and faith healers be:
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14       (1)  Made available to individuals in all health care
15            facilities;
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17       (2)  Included and integrated into the teamwork of health
18            care systems following national models;
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20       (3)  Trained to help people deal with the issues that face
21            them at the end of their lives; and
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23       (4)  Sensitive to personal and spiritual preference of
24            individuals in health care facilities where chaplains
25            are in place;
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27       and
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29       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that all counselors, clergy of all
30   religions, faith healers, and health care providers present
31   honest and clear options to patients who face the end of their
32   lives; and
33   
34       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that various religions, churches,
35   synagogues, and temples:
36   
37       (1)  Help their communities deal with and be more
38            comfortable with death; and
39   
40       (2)  Do all they can to offer care at the end of life,
41            including such programs as health ministries;
42   
43       and
44   
45       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that counselors, clergy, and faith
46   healers encourage family conversation about death and dying
47   before illness, while family members are alive and well; and

 
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 1       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that misunderstandings regarding the
 2   meaning of death and its spiritual benefits be lifted through
 3   communication and affirmation of the cyle of life; and 
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 5       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
 6   Concurrent Resolution be transmitted to the President of the
 7   Council of Churches and the Healthcare Association of Hawaii.
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