Updated: Sep 23, 2022
Video from Hospice of the Chesapeake
5 Things You Should Know When Someone is Actively Dying
"Dying is hard to think and talk about. But it is important to try to understand the process of one’s final days. Chief Medical Officer Dr. Eric Bush talks about some of the signs that someone is actively dying. Just like everything else, the more education you have, the more you know what to expect." from video introduction.
Death comes to us all. So how do we comfort and help family and friends wo are actively dying? This video and article may help. - Andy
"As God Brings Them Home
If we are honest, we aren’t quite sure what to say. We want to have all the right answers. We want to say something reassuring. We want to help. But we can’t “fix” the diagnosis of a terminal illness.
What we imagine will be uplifting and encouraging words before we say them come out as shallow responses. We may be there for only five minutes before we already want to leave. We desire to help our sick and dying loved ones, but without knowing how, we can end up hurting them instead.
God Has Called You There
God calls us to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34). We strive to edify one another (1 Thessalonians 5:11), not looking to our own interests, “but also to the interests of others” (Philippians 2:4). God calls us to “rejoice with those who rejoice” and “weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). And he gives us a great opportunity to obey these commands by sending us to a loved one who has a terminal illness.
As a hospice chaplain, I’ve walked with families who are on the receiving end of this kind of news and have found a few practical things that can help us care for loved ones who have a terminal illness..." from the article: As God Brings Them Home