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Hope: future imagined reality. The meaning of hope as described by a group of healthy Pentecostalists

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Hope: future imagined reality. The meaning of hope as described by a group of healthy Pentecostalists¶ A holistic health care approach involves body, mind and spirit. Religiosity, spirituality and hope, as a part of the spiritual dimension, are often linked to various health-related outcomes such as physical health, spiritual well-being and experienced meaning in life. A person’s outlook on life and the experience of hope are essential issues in all health care. The purpose of this paper is to describe the meaning of hope as expressed by a group of healthy adult Pentecostalists (n = 15). Using narratives, the ultimate hope was described as life after death, the future imagined reality, promised by God. Hope was strengthened by reading the Bible and saying prayers, through experienced meetings with God and shared values. Hope was quite stable but sometimes God was experienced as being at a distance, which resulted in a sense of alienation. Hope unconnected to Christian belief was of no significant importance to the interviewees.

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