Why don't we want to talk about death and dying? For some, it's the fear of the unknown following death. For others, it may be the fear of pain and possible loss of independence. In some cultures, caring for sick or aging family members is just a part of life. However, modern Western families are usually not prepared.
In Where is God in the Turmoil of a Life-Threatening Illness?, authors Karen Haren and Sue L. Frymark offer guidance in coping with a life-threatening illness from a Christian perspective. It combines scriptures and personal stories, bringing a unique blend of practical, emotional, and spiritual advice geared for the family. The goal is to help families walk through, what for many, may be their most difficult days.
Haren and Frymark discuss how God values us during all phases of our lives, and that people don't lose their worth when they become sick or incapacitated. They describe a phenomenon they call God's symphony orchestra. This is when God weaves emotions and events beautifully and powerfully like music from an orchestra with the ill person as the center note.