About Pastor Rick Warren

<< Daily Hope with Rick Warren

Why Do You Think It’s So Difficult to Talk about Death? - Daily Hope with Rick Warren - July 24, 2016

Why Do You Think It’s So Difficult to Talk About Death?
By Rick Warren

“No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave” (Psalm 89:48 NLT, second edition).

Before you can help anybody who is facing death, you’ve got to deal with the fears you have related to death.

Death exposes our hidden fears. When we feel exposed, we typically hide. We’ve been hiding from our fears since Adam and Eve hid from God because of their nakedness.

What are the fears that you have related to people who are dying?

Maybe you’re afraid you’re going to say the wrong thing. You’re afraid that you’re going to make matters worse. You’re afraid that you’re going to mess up. And as a result, you don’t do anything.

I can’t count the number of people I’ve been with as they took their last breath. I’ve watched many, many people die. Let me just put your mind at ease: It is almost impossible to mess it up. They already know they’re dying. Just by being there, you will make a difference.

Contrary to TV movies, there are very few “Hallmark” moments when people die. People don’t sit up in bed and say, “I love you!” and then die. It just doesn’t happen that way. There are very few grand statements or bold gestures.

Death is really quite ordinary. There’s nothing spooky about it. It’s not weird. It’s not unnatural. People just stop breathing. One moment they’re here, and the next they’re not.

The Bible says, “No one can live forever; all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave” (Psalm 89:48 NLT, second edition). The biggest mistake you can make with somebody who’s dying is simply not being there because you are afraid. Once you face your fears about death, you’ll be able to help your friends face their own fears when the time comes.

Playtoday’s audio teaching from Pastor Rick >>

Talk It Over

  • What are your fears related to death? Where do you think your fears come from?
  • Why do you think it’s so difficult for people to talk about death?
  • What does the death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ tell us about death?

For more Daily Hope with Rick Warren, please visit rickwarren.org


Discover God’s power to change your life!

God is all about changing lives. He can help you through any struggle you’re facing, and take you from where you are to where you want to be.
 In God’s Power to Change Your Life, Rick Warren lays the groundwork for personal transformation, offering biblical insights on what it takes to...
 • Become more loving
• Live more peacefully
• Develop patience
• Have self-control
So please request your copy of God’s Power to Change Your Life below. It’s our gift to thank you for your financial support to help more people discover the hope of Christ!

This devotional © 2016 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

You can also listen to Rick Warren on OnePlace.com.

More Daily Hope with Rick Warren Articles