Ministering to the Family during the Death of a Mean and Cruel Person

Biblical Counseling Coalition | 5/24/2019 | Anne Dryburgh
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BCC Staff Note: Today’s blog is the final post of a three-part series on the BCC Grace and Truth blog addressing death. Monday, we heard from Nate Brooks on the topic of fear of death, and Wednesday Steve Midgley discussed responding to the unique struggles of individuals who are terminally ill.

Sharon is a mean, vicious, and cruel mother. Throughout drunken episodes in her lifetime, her children heard endless rants about them being obnoxious, unwanted wastes of space. Even into her children’s adulthood, Sharon displayed unheard of depths of cruelty as she spoke angry and bitter words to her children. Now she is dying and her Christian son, Thomas, is struggling. He shared his struggle with Jack who told him to pray. Jack was sure that when Sharon knew for certain that she was dying she would admit that she had been a bad mom. Thomas desperately longed for her to seek forgiveness and to genuinely express care and interest in who he is. The last time Thomas saw his mom, she pulled him toward her and expressed disgust at who he was. After leaving the hospital, he never saw her again.

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There are many “Thomas and Sharons” in this world. Not everyone comes from a loving and caring home. Not everyone becomes a Christian and sees that they have done wrong. Many dying people say cruel words to those around them that can never be taken back. How do we help remaining family members who suffer in this way?

First, it is important to not assume that everyone will do what is right in the eyes of the Lord. If a person has consistently been mean and cruel, unless the Lord does a tremendous work in their heart, they will be most likely continue to be mean and cruel even on their...
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