Grief & Suffering

Esther’s story

Life | In a state known for legal assisted suicide, one terminally ill young woman instead chose to live each God-given day to its fullest
by Sophia Lee
Posted 9/28/17, 01:30 pm

SALEM and AUMSVILLE, Ore.—Esther Ybarra’s “Celebration of Life” memorial service in September began in the same manner in which she lived, according to friends: in worship. Along with sounds of guitars and song, the Salem, Ore., chapel where 600 mourners gathered to commemorate the young woman rang with occasional laughter as friends and family shared memories of one whose life had impacted so many. There were also sniffles and tissues as people lamented her short life—just 21 years.

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Fighting assisted suicide—and brain cancer

Faith & Inspiration | Three years after a terminal cancer diagnosis, assisted suicide opponent J.J. Hanson battles on
by Emily Belz
Posted 8/04/17, 02:34 pm

At Christmas, the outlook for Marine veteran J.J. Hanson, 36, was grim. While running a 5K race with his brother-in-law, he had a grand mal seizure. The brain tumors that he had beaten into remission were back and growing.

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Faith & Inspiration | Connecting the dots and beating depression
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 7/20/17, 12:39 pm

If you’re having a bitter day, this column is for you. Let’s start with a memory:

Saturday in the park / I think it was the Fourth of July / People dancing, people laughing / A man selling ice cream … / And I’ve been waiting such a long time / For Saturday.

The band Chicago released that song 45 years ago on July 10, 1972. It’s all-American joyful, like Beach Boys music of the previous decade. But coins have two sides.

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