What can we do when a family can’t let go of their loved one? When they’re trying desperately to hang onto hope? Do physicians have the right to take that hope away from them? “You just transition to a different hope,” says Dr. Scott B. Rae, Professor of Christian Ethics at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University. It can be difficult for families to remember that there’s a bigger miracle on the other side of death than the one they’re hoping for now, and it becomes the role of trusted friends, mentors and spiritual leaders to come alongside them and gently remind them. “A number of times I’ve had physicians who have come to the ethics committee who have said, ‘Where is this family’s priest, pastor, rabbi, friend who will help them face what’s going on here?’”
From The Justice Conference 2012.