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FACING DEATH Talking Points For Patients and Families! • There are many things about death that we do not know and that can be frightening. Indeed, by faith, we know that for the faithful child of Christ, death will be an eternity in Heaven with Jesus Christ. ! • Death is a departure. It occurs when the spirit leaves the body. ! • It really hurts to see a loved one die. Something deep inside you stirs: “It’s not supposed to be like this. My world was normal and now grievous.” Losing a loved one makes everything else seem insignificant. ! • Questioning God & faith is normal. Be confident-God is love. He’s big enough to handle your questions. !


Psalm 23! Psalm 62:8! Matthew 11:28! Psalm 130! 1 John 4:8-16!


Isaiah 40:28-31! Revelation 21:1-7! 2 Corinthians 4:5-8! Ephesians 1:15-23! John 14

Gracious God, Thank you for your presence in this challenging time. I am assured that you prepare a place for me in Heaven. Remain in me, surround me and my loved ones with peace and comfort. Holy Spirit, walk with me through the dark valley into your glorious light. I pray for my family and friends - comfort them and grant them strength. Comfort me during pain and anxiety. Thank you for your promise to be waiting to welcome me home. Amen!


Local Counselors & Agencies! Life Connections Counseling Center! 4903 Van Dyke Road! Lutz, FL 33558! 813.265.3859!


Glenda Beach, L.M.F.T., P.A.! 300 Scarlet Blvd. ! Oldsmar, FL 34677! 727.787.0646!

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Griswold Home Care! Arthur & Frieda Moseley! 813.343.0272 !! ! griswoldhomecare.com!


Achieve Home Care! 11016 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 201/202! Tampa, FL 33618! 813.969.3700!


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Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying! Maggie Callahan, Patricia Kelley! Final Journeys: A Practical Guide for Bringing Care and Comfort at the End of Life! Maggie Callahan! Looking Up… While Lying Down: Thoughts, Poems, and Prayers for Those in the Hospital ! John E. Biegert! Living Fully, Dying Well Participant Book ! Rueben P. Job!

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practicalbioethics.org - search “caring conversations”! focusonthefamily.com - search “death & grief”! hospicenet.org ! Right Now Media - The “Netflix” for online Bible study. ! This valuable tool is a gift from Van Dyke Church. Contact ! [email protected] for a link to join. !

!Online Resources!


Van Dyke Church - 17030 Lakeshore Road - Lutz, FL 33558 - vandyke.org