Difficult Conversations, Difficult Decisions – Part 1

It’s a common scenario for too many pastors.  We’re called to the Hospital ICU to meet with a grieving family – grieving not because of a death that has happened but because of the death that seems immanent.  The patient, generally elderly and with a terminal illness, is being sustained by machines and tubes.  There is no practical hope for earthly survival beyond the confines of a weak and comatose body in a nursing home or care facility.  Adult children experience the gamut of emotions – from anger to guilt – as they consider “what mom/dad would want.”

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