As Bobbi Kristina‘s life ebbs away, many turn to scripture for preparations. There comes a point when, despite numerous prayers for healing and the efforts of doctors and modern medicine, it becomes clear that a loved one will not recover.
The idea that your loved one will not be around much longer is hard to swallow. How can this person, who has been part of your life for so long, really go away? It is common for loved one to have guilt and conflicting emotions — wanting the suffering to be over (and being exhausted from care-giving), yet not wanting the loved one to die. You might spend all your energy taking care of them and postpone talking about death, avoiding words like terminal or dying.
We all come to this page at some point in our lives. Hospice care is usually where we begin to prepare to say goodbye.
Here are two things you can do.
# 1 Communicate. If your loved one is approaching death, don’t wait until it is too late! Take the time now to say good-bye. Sometimes a dying person lingers because she is worried about her spouse or children and how they will cope without her. This is the time to express sentiments of love and thankfulness to your elder and to give her permission to let go.
#2 Take comfort in the word. God’s words can ease your soul and your loved one’s soul. Speak to your loved one slowly and distinctly, not in a whisper or in a loud voice but clearly and gently. Singing your elder’s favorite hymn or praying the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and speaking the comforting promises of God in short sentences should take priority.
Consider the following Bible verses:
- We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield (Psalm 33:20 NIV)
- Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.
- I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)
- “Come now, let us reason together,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”(Isaiah 1:18 NIV)
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:28-29 NIV)
- Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation. (Hebrews 9:28 NKJV)
Christians are not meant to carry their burdens alone. The best thing the Brown and Houston family can do is support and surround each other. Waiting on death can be the most stressful time in a family’s life.
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