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Recent Articles

How Do I Care For A Young Person Whose Parent Committed Suicide?

09/10/2015

  There is no deeper sense of abandonment than the feelings provoked by a parent’s suicide.  It can be tempting to quickly respond to such pain with:  “It is not your fault. Your parent is in a better place. It’s ok because I love you.” When Barb’s husband committed suicide, she and her four children were crushed. In […]

A Final Gift

07/07/2015

by Reverend Beverly Zell Can you invite or allow a loved one who is dying to talk about their death? She struggled with congestive heart failure months before it took her life.  She was sustained by a loving family and an inner spark that ignited her will to live.  But as the end drew near, […]

How can we care for those who are terminally ill?

01/05/2015

Margaret Vermeer served as a missionary in Nigeria. When she was seven months pregnant, she received the report that a biopsy of a small tumor was malignant. Five weeks after the surgery to remove the tumors, she gave birth to a son, then began chemotherapy and radiation treatments. For two years she had a miraculous remission, but then gradually more tumors appeared.

Barb’s Story

07/30/2014

Grief is a normal and natural process by which a person makes a healthy adjustment to any significant loss in his or her life. Any significant loss (the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, a broken marriage, deterioration of health, a shattered dream) triggers the process. Most people experience some or all of the below emotional responses when they lose anything or anyone important in their lives. But first, read Barb’s story: