Suffering and the process of transformation

J Pastoral Care. 1999 Winter;53(4):461-72. doi: 10.1177/002234099905300408.


Explores elements of suffering and the process through which suffering can be transforming. Notes that although inexorable limitations may be placed in our paths, suffering tends to force persons back within themselves, into a place of utter forsakenness. Claims that it is in this place that we learn more about the limits of our humanness and come into a deeper, more conscious relationship with God, with ourselves and with others.

MeSH terms

  • Attitude*
  • Empathy
  • Grief
  • Humans
  • Pain / psychology*
  • Pastoral Care*
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Social Support