Session 4: Hard Cases

Martin Down

  • Study

Read: Chapters 5, 6, and 7

  1. Have you any experience of coping with any of these: unexpected or sudden death, suicide, or the death of a baby? How did you cope?

  2. ‘Coping’ means coping both with the immediate shock and emotions, and also coping with the longer-term traumas, grief, guilt, regrets.

  3. What can we do to help other people who are suffering with deaths like these amongst our family or friends?

  4. Pray for any know to you, including any in the group, who has suffered such experiences. 

This course is designed for Christian Study Groups, meeting in a trusting environment where people can talk confidentially about their hopes and fears.

Each person should have a copy of the book Talking about Dying, Wilberforce Publications 2017.

It would also be good if people brought Bibles to the meetings of the group to refer to.

The Leader might like to prepare a short Bible Study to lead into prayer at the end of each session, but not so as to inhibit the time or the opportunity for people to express their own views and emotions.

These studies look at the subject in a different order from the book. The book was designed to start from where the average reader was likely to start: with talking about dying with a friend or a doctor. Only later does the book open up the subjects of life after death and prayer for healing.

As Christians we should start with the question of prayer for healing and our faith in the life of the world to come. All our later discussions can then take place in the light of those.