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?
“Help for Families:
Facing a Life-threatening Illness Holding Christ’s Hand”
Series of 9 sessions offered in 3 blocks of 3