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Fredrika de Villiers
Curationis | Vol 8, No 2 | a580 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v8i2.580 | © 1985 Fredrika de Villiers | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1985 | Published: 27 September 1985

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Fredrika de Villiers,, South Africa

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Suffering as a concept lies beyond man's understanding although its experience is very real. Man may experience physical, psychological or spiritual suffering. A person can adapt to suffering negatively which may lead to complete psychological break-down. A positive attitude towards suffering implies accepting it and believing that it has a purpose. Suffering may then lead to spiritual growth and self-actualisation. The nurse’s role in supporting the suffering in thus to help the person to experience it positively and to use it constructively. This requires special skill, sensitivity and a strong faith.


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