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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.  Scriptures Psalm 23 Psalm 62:8 Matthew 11:28

Isaiah 40:28-31 Revelation 21:1-7 2 Corinthians 4:5-8

Psalm 130 1 John 4:8-16 Ephesians 1:15-23 John 14

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

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

Suggested Resources • 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 Online Resources • usaaef.org (Grief) • usaaef.org (Legal & Financial) • focusonthefamily.com - search “death & grief” • hospicenet.org  • ekrfoundation.org • rightnowmedia.org - [email protected] for a link to join Van Dyke Church - 17030 Lakeshore Road - Lutz, FL 33558 - vandyke.org