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Facing Serious Illness

Facing Serious Illness

Guidance for Christians towards the end of life


Facing death has never been easy, but in the modern world it has become a complex and confusing matter. Our hospitals offer treatments that may relieve symptoms, postpone death and improve quality of life. But they may also cause unpleasant side-effects, prolong the dying process, or even be used to hasten death. Deciding upon the best and most appropriate treatment in any particular situation requires good communication and a relationship of trust between clinical staff, the patient and their family.

This booklet offers practical and biblical guidance to Christians who are facing a life-threatening illness. Whether this illness affects you, a friend or a relative, Facing Serious Illness will help you to think through difficult decisions - as well as explaining some of the confusing medical and legal terms you may encounter. Guidance on navigating the complex legal system is provided, and a sample Note of Wishes is included to help those who are terminally ill outline the principles they would like to guide their treatment.
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Code Red

Code Red
Andrew Drain was a high-flying cardiothoracic surgical Fellow in a prestigious New York hospital, about to become a consultant in the UK, when in September 2007 he was diagnosed with the worst form of acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Recovering with chemotherapy, he returned to Ireland to have a bone marrow transplant.

Initially seeming to be cured, he preached a series of sermons on the Bible's book of Job. His own personal experiences illuminated his growing understanding of suffering.

His final relapse began in June 2009, and he found through Job that he could face death with confidence because 'I know that my Redeemer lives'. More Info...

Attitudes to ageing and dying

Attitudes to ageing and dying

This is an important book. it deals with vital medical atters but does so in laymans language. the author starts by discussing ageing and attitudes to it in medicine,the community and the church. He goes on to deal with death, the timing of death, the extent to which life should be prolonged, dementia, abortion, suicide, the right to die, helping to die and so on.

Dr Powell writes from an explicitly Christian point of view but states both sides of the argument in all these fields. He strives to be fair. He is widely read and has a most impressive grasp of his subject. He writes in plain English.

We strongly recommend a careful study of this book because these are not just theoretical questions but real problems which we all will have to face in real life, whether they concern our relatives, others or ourselves.
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Thorn in the Flesh, A

Thorn in the Flesh, A
The apostle Paul was surely deliberately vague when he did not specify the nature of his 'thorn in the flesh'. Was it a physical or psychiatric illness, a recurring temptation, or a difficult relationship?

Whatever it was, each of us has our own thorn, and Dr Martinez helps by writing not just theologically, not just as an accomplished psychiatrist, but as someone who has suffered all his adult life from a thorn (eye disease) that God has not taken away. He brings comfort out of that experience as he points us towards help - towards acceptance, grace, perseverance and hope.
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Dying - The Greatest Adventure of My Life & My Cancer

Dying - The Greatest Adventure of My Life & My Cancer

A young GP dies of cancer. Ten years later his medical student son survives the recurrence of a near-fatal malignancy. Both tell their stories here. These first hand accounts have much to teach us all about serious illness, death, and hope for what lies beyond.

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