Tap into the spiritual for help dealing with tragedyBy Mayo Clinic staff
Original Article: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/spirituality-and-healing/MY02353
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Edward T. Creagan, M.D.Edward Creagan, M.D.
"The magic of the electronic village is transforming health information. The mouse and keyboard have extended the stethoscope to the 500 million people now online." — Dr. Edward Creagan
The power of the medium inspires Dr. Edward Creagan as he searches for ways to share Mayo Clinic's vast resources with the general public.
Dr. Creagan, a Newark, N.J., native, is board certified in internal medicine, medical oncology, and hospice medicine and palliative care. He has been with Mayo Clinic since 1973 and in 1999 was president of the staff of Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Creagan, a professor of medical oncology at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, was honored in 1995 with the John and Roma Rouse Professor of Humanism in Medicine Award and in 1992 with the Distinguished Mayo Clinician Award, Mayo's highest recognition. He has been recognized with the American Cancer Society Professorship of Clinical Oncology.
He describes his areas of special interest as "wellness as a bio-psycho-social-spiritual-financial model" and fitness, mind-body connection, aging and burnout.
Dr. Creagan has been an associate medical editor with Mayo Clinic's health information websites and has edited publications and CD-ROMs and reviewed articles.
"We the team of (the website) provide reliable, easy-to-understand health and wellness information so that each of us can have productive, meaningful lives," he says.
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By Edward T. Creagan, M.D.
At the service for a young person who died tragically, the clergy offered a simple and powerful message: If we become mired in asking ourselves why did this happen, we become stuck in a psychological dead end.
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Without some sort of belief in a higher power or force, it's difficult for us mere mortals to push on in the face of grinding and overwhelming adversity. The unexpected death of a loved one, the financial or professional setback, the loss of a dream, the loss of hope — all can be overwhelming without some sort of support and spiritual energy from forces outside of ourselves.
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