I had a heart breaking patient the last 2 days in my job as a hospital nurse. She is a 23 year old young woman with end stage brain cancer. She is non-responsive and receiving tube feedings. She is dying, with other systems in her body starting to fail.
She and her mother are from Russia. The mother is involved with the Four Square church. All treatment options are exhausted in this case, the mother is not handling the impeding loss of her daughter well and is still wanting everything done, is not realistic, and is still hoping that her daughter will be miraculously healed. This is her only child.
The Foursquare church minister is coming in every day for healing prayers. I notice that they have a different approach to this situation than a Catholic priest would have. They are mainly praying specifically for a miraculous healing. The Catholic approach would be more holistic, IMO, and would more address the spiritual needs of all parties to help them deal with this suffering and prepare for death.
The mother’s faith in God is being challanged because God is not providing this miracle that she wants. Since these miraculous types of healing are very rare, it seems as if she is being offered false hope that is making it more difficult for her to face this tragedy realistically.
I’ve been very upset over this spectacle, and crying for two days. It’s so sad and suffering is so ever present in this world. Anyways, it got me to thinking of different approaches within Christiandom toward healing, expectations for divine intervention, and dealing with death and dying. Any thoughts?