Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 60, Issue 1, pp 61–72 | Cite as

Forever Young: Pastoral Care and the Experience of “Aging,” Reconsidered

  • Cynthia E. Elledge-Volker


As we age, we inevitably experience diminishment in our physical functioning yet this need not yield a diminished sense of self. Our personal interior life and our ability to find grace in the midst of challenges are not adequately defined by the psychological, medical, or theological understandings of aging that we have inherited. Rather, there is positive potential in aging, particularly if we hone our adaptive coping skills. Pastoral care providers can facilitate enrichment of individuals’ and faith communities’ capacity for adaptive coping and ability to view the aging process as filled with new adventures of grace.


Aging Coping Pastoral care Grace Grief 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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