WHDL - 00009397
WHDL - 00009397
A project was to encourage and equip the community of faith to minister to people during their end-of-life season as well as their families.
"It has encouraged me not to forget these folks, but to help them finish feeling loved by the church." Those were the words from a seminar participant connected with this Project. Rev. James Brooks, in The Unbroken Circle, noted there comes a time, whether through serious illness or care giving for someone else with a serious illness, when there are those who are unable to participate in the congregation as they did before. In such circumstances these folks often lose their connection to their faith community. The purpose of this Project was to encourage/challenge and equip the community of faith to become involved in a greater way in ministering to their fellow-parishioners and families at the end-of-life. The project dealt with presenting information and training to a group of participants regarding end-of-life issues and care for those at end-of-life in a two-session workshop. Each participant was provided a training manual to be used during the seminar sessions. Pre and post-seminar questionnaires gauged participants' thoughts/understanding of death/dying, end-of-life issues/care, hospice, church involvement in these matters, and what they hoped to gain or did in fact gain from the seminar. With knowledge, understanding, and training regarding death/dying and related issues, we, the church, can walk with our fellow-believers in more effective ways at the end-of-life (provided by the author).
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