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Pastoral Care and Death (Part 1)

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In your older years, letting go of life can be difficult if people are not realistic about accepting the inevitability of their own death. The process of dying often helps you sift out the trivial. As you approach death, life often seems to become a series of medical tests, interruptions and uncertainty. If someone begins to lose their sense of identity, remind them that God is good and perfectly wise in everything he does, and that he is powerful. In a Christian context, there is every place for grief but no place for despair. 


Pastoral Care and Death (Part 1)

I. Introduction

A. Loss comes in many ways

B. Delegating shepherding care for physical death is not an option

II. Know Your Theology

A. Death is a reality

1. Some people aren't realistic about death

2. We all die naked

3. Death helps us to sift out the trivial

B. Everlasting is a reality

C. Death is a fixed moment

D. In death, we enter into an intermediate state

III. Pastoral Skills

A. Prior to death

1. Life is a series of constant interruptions

2. Loss of identity

3. People need you to minister empathy, perspective and assurance

4. Three descriptions of God

5. Give wisdom regarding medical care

6. What should be said at the memorial service [see the link under downloads]

III. Pastoral Care in Death

A. Let loved ones decide about memorial service

B. The service itself

1. Prior to the service

2. During the service

a. Be prepared to conduct the service in a variety of settings

b. Be familiar with the components of the service

c. Let people get a sense of this person's life

d. Encourage people to share

e. Encourage people that it's ok to grieve

f. Psalm 23

g. Know what to emphasize

3. After the service

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