End of Life

Focus on the Family Minute

Episode

A Good Death

Joni Eareckson Tada reflects on God’s plan for all aspects of our lives, including the end. Listen to the full program here.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Understanding God's Plan for the End of Life

In a discussion based on her book When is it Right to Die?, Joni Eareckson Tada examines the dangerous ramifications of the "right-to-die movement" and "mercy killing," and encourages listeners to consider how we can all demonstrate love and compassion to those with disabilities and end-of-life challenges.

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Joni in a classroom pointing to Acts 4:12 that is inscribed in a desk top

Article

When Is It Right to Die: Kim’s Story

Joni Eareckson Tada

Whenever I struggle with end-of-life questions – whenever it feels like my disabilities are too much to handle – I think of a young woman named Kim.

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Senior woman sitting in a wheelchair in her bedroom and staring out a window

Article

America's Elderly: The Forgotten Generation

Kay Owen-Larson

Many residents in America's care centers never have visitors – not from family, friends, clergy or anyone from a church.

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Article

4 Simple Ways to Minister in a Nursing Home

Don Morgan

As many as 60 percent of those living in nursing homes do not have regular visitors. Have you ever considered building relationships with the residents at a home near you?

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Man suffering with dementia puzzling over a pair of shoes as he tries to get dressed

Series

Facing Dementia in Loved Ones

Dementia strikes without regard for physical health or prior intelligence. This apparent randomness often creates fear and anxiety, and may cause friends and family to pull away from the affected individual.

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Teen girl holding older woman's hand as they sit on a sofa

Article

Understanding Dementia

Amy Tracy

Caregivers and friends of those with dementia have a responsibility to educate themselves on this condition.

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Terminally ill father at home

Article

Hospice and Palliative Care: Ministry to the Dying

Amy Tracy

Fear and dread about dying are widespread, even among Christians. Hospice is a port in the storm at the end of life.

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Mother and daughter

Series

Caregiving Isn’t for Sissies

Whether for the elderly, ill or someone with special needs – is a largely thankless job. Don’t try to handle it alone.

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Family gathered around a seated elderly man

Article

Caring for Aging Loved Ones is a Community Project

Lisa Anderson

Whether you give time, resources or acts of service, give it knowing that you are breathing life into someone who may be barely hanging on.

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Mother and daughter

Article

Caregiving Isn’t for Sissies

Lisa Anderson

Caregiving – whether for the elderly, ill or someone with special needs – is a largely thankless job. Don’t try to handle it alone.

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Person bringing groceries For Neighbor

Article

Four Ways to Care for Caregivers

Lisa Anderson

Caregivers are like anyone else: We hate asking for help or encouragement. But we really need it.

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Mother and son sitting on the sofa at home and communicating

Series

Approaching End-of-Life Discussions With Aging Parents

Many adult children find themselves facing tough decisions — and tough discussions — as they witness signs of their parents’ health failing.

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Article

Taking Control of End-of-Life Care

Amy Tracy

End-of-life medical care is complicated and sometimes murky, often requiring quick decisions on matters of life and death. Having a plan in place can make all the difference.

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Article

Taking Control of End-of-Life Care

Amy Tracy

End-of-life medical care is complicated and sometimes murky, often requiring quick decisions on matters of life and death. Having a plan in place can make all the difference.

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Article

The Problem with Ending It All: A Response to Physician-Assisted Suicide

Amy Tracy

Physician-assisted suicide is dangerous sign of the times, as doctors move from their longstanding oath of doing patients no harm to actually facilitating their death.

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Focus on the Family Broadcast

Episode

Colorado Only Broadcast: Why Physician-Assisted Suicide is a Mistake

Drs. Margaret Cottle and William Toffler explain why physician-assisted suicide laws are dangerous to society and urge Colorado listeners to oppose currently proposed physician-assisted suicide legislation coming up for vote in the state.

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A Bible with a red coffee cup

Article

Scriptures On the End of Life

What does the Bible say about the end of life?

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Elderly woman looking off in the distance

Article

Sermons on the End of Life

Sermons to help you understand more about the end of life.

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Elderly couple at the park bench

Article

Facts and Research About the End of Life

More information about the end of life.

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Nurse laughing with elderly woman

Article

Impact Stories: End of Life

Learn more about how to deal with the death of a loved one.

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Physician assisted suicide

Series

Physician Assisted Suicide

Physician-assisted suicide is positioned by some as a caring response to the challenge of dying. But is it?

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Adult children caring for ill dad

Series

Making Medical Decisions for a Loved One: A Caregivers Guide

What do you do if a loved one cannot make his or her own medical decisions due to an injury or terminal illness? How can you make the right choices for them?

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Son walking his father in a wheelchair

Series

Caring for Ill or Aging Parents

For many families, the discussion about who will take care of Mom and Dad comes on the heels of a crisis. As a result, most families find themselves unprepared to handle their parents' increased dependency.

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