The diagnosis of cancer is a traumatic event for individuals and is usually the first time they realize their mortality. They are scared, out of control and need help. One of the first sources from whom they might seek help is the clergy. Because the diagnosis of cancer is not a death sentence, this is an opportunity for the clergy to make patients pro-active, get them back in charge of their life and take specific steps to increase their chances of survival along with improving the quality of their life.
The importance of the clergy in support of the cancer patient is unchallenged. They provide not only comfort and support, but also help the patients to improve the quality of their lives, their families’ lives and extend the duration of that quality.
The Cancer Checklist sheet may be copied and handed to your parishioner in need. We hope this helps as you pursue your critical and challenging responsibility.