“Help for Families:
Facing a Life-threatening Illness Holding Christ’s Hand”
Series of 9 sessions offered in 3 blocks of 3
Journey I--Starting the Conversation
Session 1: A Life-threatening Illness is a Family Experience
A terminal diagnosis affects the whole family dramatically
Terminal illness causes special difficulties
Life changes forever
The Lord is with you, holding your hand
Session 2: Coping with a Terminal Illness
Special problems caused by terminal illnesses
Good communication is very important
How to ask for help
Session 3: Planning for the Future
Important steps to take/documents to identify
Modifying your environment to accommodate physical changes
Searching for resources
Settle unfinished business
Advance Directives, POLST, and Wills
Planning the funeral
Journey II--Where is God in the Turmoil?
Session 4: Living with Change
How children react
Learning a new normal
Focus on wellness
Taking care of the caregiver
Don’t let the disease define who you are
Session 5: Dealing with the Why
Why is this happening to you?
Where is God in all of this?
What are the biblical explanations for suffering?
Christ understands your suffering.
Session 6: Heaven and Other Things
Will we get new bodies?
About Judgment Day
Journey III--A Time of Healing
Session 7: Difficult Decisions
Continuing treatment or stopping
The use of pain medication
When to choose more treatment, when to stop
Keeping in home or moving to another setting
The right-to-die from a biblical perspective
Deciding when to stop life support
Session 8: Later Stages
Preparing for the end
Fear of death--blessed assurance
The physical aspects of dying
Keeping the vigil
Bringing the family together
Session 9: Eternal Purpose
The answer to the question of why
A terminal illness can change the family forever
God's symphony orchestra in the last days
Passing the blessing
What does your unique journey look like?
How has God touched your family?