Most of the writing I have done in this blog and what I will do has been emotional. The reason being that terminal illness is very emotional. Every emotion in the dictionary at some point comes to the surface ‘when the family has cancer’. We can not get around it, or change it. We must accept it and do our best to work through the sea of emotions that we struggle to control, lest we be controlled by them.
However, this morning it occurred to me that ‘when the family has cancer’ or some other terminal or serious illness, there are practical issues that must be addressed. Sometimes these issues are small and minor. Sometimes they are significant. Sleeping issues. Bathing issues. Feeding issues. Appetite issues. Clothing issues. Toileting issues. Mobility issues.
My plan is to discuss one category of issues at a time. Please feel free to offer suggestions. Perhaps your family has faced the same challenges and you have answers that worked for your situation. We would like to know about it. I know there are families who are facing serious situations even as I write this. If you have questions, feel free to ask. Let’s make this time free and open and practical.
Father, I pray for families who even right now whose world has been turned upside down by cancer or other illness. I pray that You will give them comfort, peace and grace equal to the moment. I pray that You will grant them support through friends and family, that you will meet their physical needs and their emotional needs. Father, be the Healer, Counselor, and Comfortor for those families. In Jesus’ name. Amen