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21 - Family Conflict
Hospitalized with your family experiencing significant conflict exacerbates the vulnerability and adds disgust. The seriousness of healthcare situations can cause family conflict or re-kindle previous conflicting family issues. The dramatic nature of serious health issues either heightens the conflict and consolidates it into the family culture for decades, or it can sometimes act as a catalyst for reconciling and growing beyond the conflict. Somebody neutral who can notice the undercurrents of disagreement and help absorb the anger as it arises, and even facilitate the group thinking together about vital issues, can be the proverbial breath of fresh air to a family beleaguered by incessant tugs of war they have no idea how to resolve. Finding and healing the origins of the conflict goes far beyond the competence or responsibility of spiritual clinicians.
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