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Medical Concerns Medical Directives

Trained to Live Forever: End-of-Life Resuscitation Orders

People don’t want to talk about dying. In 2015, according to the Funeral and Memorial Information Council, 69% of adults over the age of 40 indicated they would prefer to pre-arrange their funeral but only 17% actually did so. Conversely,…

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Q&A on Medical Directives

QUESTION: I’m working on my medical directive, and my attorney asked me some questions about my end-of-life wishes. He said that, legally, I have total authority over my health care decisions. He used the term “patient autonomy.” How does that…

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A Basic Understanding of Medical Directives

Along with a growing understanding and appreciation for medical directives are many practical questions that need to be addressed. This article is meant to help you understand and complete a medical directive. A medical directive, regardless of when it is…

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Myths and Wisdom About End-of-Life Decisions

Sue Fink, Bereavement and Volunteer Coordinator for HFM Hospice, Manitowoc, WI Have you discussed your end-of-life preferences with your loved ones yet? A blessing that came from the Terri Schiavo tragedy is that end-of-life issues have led to better planning…

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‘Why Wait?’ – A Look at Closure Before Death

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) A speaker at one of our conferences indicated that he hoped for a…

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Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR Orders)

Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources A number of years ago a woman for whom I was a legal guardian was placed in a nursing home. Among the many questions I was asked, one caught me unprepared. Specifically,…

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Q&A on a Christian’s Concern about the End of Life

QUESTION: What is the God-pleasing attitude I should have as I approach the final days of my life or that of a loved one? ANSWER: You have asked the right question when you ask about attitude. Even though God reveals…

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When God Is Calling

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources Margaret entered the intensive care unit by way of the hospital’s emergency room. For over two decades, Margaret, or “Maggie” as her friends call her, wrestled with cancer. It began as…

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Nothing to Fear

By Rev. Robert Fleischmann, National Director, Christian Life Resources “I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far.” (Philippians 1:23) The Apostle Paul struggles with two desires when writing the…

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Q&A on Medical Decision-Making

QUESTION: I am nervous about people making medical decisions for me. What are your thoughts? ANSWER: The need for medical directives is greater than many people realize in managing your health and making healthcare decisions. To answer your question, you…

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A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues: Practical Matters in Counseling on Death

A Practical Approach to End-of-Life Issues Presented by Rev. Robert R. Fleischmann IX. Practical Matters In Counseling on Death I have outlined for you some of the basic principles that have helped me address death with fellow Christians. I believe…

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