Sharing Christ’s Love With the Dying
by Melody Rossi
2007 Bethany House Publishers
What a helpful and inspirational book for families and caregivers supporting someone who is dying without a relationship with Jesus Christ. Melody’s mother, father and step-mother were either hostile to Christianity or not interested in faith. Over a short period of time all three died and Melody was their caregiver. Through her love and service, each of these people became open to talking about God and ultimately to faith. This journey is not just a story of faith sharing, but an example of good Christian caring. She says, “There is nothing that will melt away disbelief faster or more efficiently than plain, ordinary, utilitarian, rubber-meets-the-road serving.” She lists 22 question to find you path to service.
Melody includes very practical information in organizing and using emergency information. She suggests finding you support people to help you deal with stress and personal helps. You may discover a spiritual warfare as you seek to speak of spiritual truths and she guides the reader through helpful scriptures. Her description of the signs that death is close can help with our fear as death approaches. I experienced the same awe and wonder (holy time) at the moment of death with my mother. She concludes the book with what to do after the death and the importance of grieving.
If you are a Christian this is a must read, not only to serve to an unbelieving family member, but to find resources in facing the death experience with someone you love.