Where Is God in the Turmoil of a Life-Threatening Illness?

by Karen Haren & Sue L. Frymark



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/28/2020

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781664201163
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781664201156
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 140
ISBN : 9781664201170

About the Book

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.

About the Author

Karen Haren, Ph.D.

Karen has over 20 years’ experience as lay prayer pastor, counselor, hospice worker, Stephen Minister, and program director. Karen did her undergraduate work at Pitzer College, majoring in psychology. After completing a master’s in Applied Systems Management, she started her 17-year career in Telecommunications. The death of both her parents in 2003 opened her eyes to the very difficult journey so many people experience. She decided to take early retirement to go back to school and learn more about how to help. She attended Trinity College of the Bible and Theological Seminary and completed her Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling. She wrote her dissertation on how Christians can make biblically founded end-of-life decisions. Karen is also a Certified Christian Life and Bereavement Coach.

Sue Frymark, R.N. B.S. Retired

Sue is a graduate of Columbia School of Nursing in Milwaukee WI and earned her Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration from Concordia University. She focused her 30-year career on cancer care and hospice. Sue was the first nurse in Oregon trained in Hospice Care by Marin County Hospice in 1977. She continued to help establish hospice in Oregon as well as to develop a nationally known program of Cancer Rehabilitation. This interdisciplinary team helped people through all phases of cancer. The teams early training came from the pioneers of hospice and palliative care, Dame Cicely Saunders PHD, MD from St. Christopher’s Hospice London England; as well as Dr. Belfour Mount of the Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital’s Palliative Care Program. Sue received many awards and became nationally known for her contributions to Cancer Rehabilitation, hospice care, quality of life and end-of-life awareness, and program development. As a Christian, Sue felt the burden of not being able to share her faith with her patients. She could see the difference in the ability to cope between those with a strong faith and those with none.

Now retired, Sue spends her time with family and is active with her church, Faithful Savior Lutheran Church as a Stephen Ministry Leader and coordinator of Health Ministries. She has been a Master Trainer in “Powerful Tools for Caregivers” and “Living Well with a Chronic Illness.”