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Dealing with Terminal Illness

posted Nov 30, 2012, 3:44 PM by Tim Isbell   [ updated Jan 17, 2013, 8:37 PM ]
It is difficult to be present when the life of someone with a terminal illness winds down. We want to help, but what can we do? We wonder, “Why does this person have to die like this? Why must they endure so much suffering, humiliation, inability to do even the most basic things for themselves?”

There are no easy answers to such questions. Yet we have the (correct) sense that our place is to be present. But just being present through this season is extremely challenging. 

Preparing to officiate a funeral caused me to recently look through my old funeral resources folder. There I rediscovered a couple of helpful concepts on dealing with terminal illness. Since then I've put them to use - and expect to do so again. The concepts:

  1. Addressing the angst of being a burden instead of a do-er.
  2. Addressing the apprehension at the end of the dying process.
The full article is available at the Christian Teaching: Dealing with Terminal Illness.