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"Last Aid" in the community. Worship and course to alleviate suffering

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Author: Joel Driedger

"Last aid" in the community
Worship and course to alleviate suffering
Is there meaningful suffering? Was the question that Bernhard Thiessen asked in the church service on January 13, 2019. We are rightfully happy that thanks to the palliative care no one has to suffer anymore. There are many remedies for the treatment of pain that make illness easier, even dying. And yet the question remains, especially in the light of the coming Passion-time, that is, the time in which we remember the suffering of Jesus: When is suffering meaningful?
"As long as something remains open between how the world is and how the ible describes the kingdom of God, there will be suffering and pain. Maybe not all, but these sufferings and pain make sense, because they protect us From being too quickly satisfied and too fast to agree to injustice and violence, to become so to speak insensitive to the pain and distress of others, "Bernhard said in his sermon.
After a short coffee break Dorothee Sperber continued with the so-called "Last Help"-course. Until 16:30 we have been intensively busy with information, our own experiences and practical applications during the last phase of life. This course, which is “for everybody" is divided in four sections. They ranged from recognition of symptoms to medical procedures during the dying process: How do I know if a person is entering the last part of his earthly journey? (Part 1), what are the necessary regulations and patient statements regarding the own will (2nd part), what are the palliatives of pain and in the last hours (part 3), what are the possibilties of rituals and mourning work (4th part).
In lively discussions encouraged by Dorothee, the 24 participants shared a lot of personal information.
Great approval found the practical part in which was dealt with the question: How do I comfort a sick and troubled person (Kangaroo position)? How can I help a person moisten the dry mouth, who can no longer swallow frozen fruit or diced frozen favorite drinks?
Filled, a little exhausted and yet so eager for knowledge, many said goodbye with the hint that one should do something like this quite often. Thus, Dorothee Sperber and doctor Judith Driedger, whose medical contributions were very valuable, have agreed to offer a course again, which then deals with the specific study of a living will, which means understand what is meant medically and find out what my attitude is, so that I can formulate my will. More details will be in a later community letter. Many thanks also to Usi Petersen for preparing the midday meal!

Bernhard Thiessen

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