The Family Crucibles of Illness, Disability, Death, and Other Losses


The Family: A Proclamation to the World, human experience, family


The Proclamationo says that it is essential to our Eternal Father's plan that His children "obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience" (¶ 3). Few of our earthly experiences are as universal and significant as those that occur as a result of the temporal nature of our bodies. Elder A. Theodore Tuttle noted, "Adversity, in one form or another, is the universal experience of man. It is the common lot of all men to experience misfortune, suffering, sickness, or other adversities." This chapter presents a "family crucible perspective," a way to think about adversity and loss using ideas from both secular and prophetic sources. Some specific issues of illness, disability, infertility, and death are addressed. Finally, gospel-based principles for healing from and growing through family adversities are exemplified through personal narrative from family members whoo have experienced these challenges.

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Carroll, J. S., Robinson, W. D., Marshall, E. S., Callister, L. C., Olsen, S. F., & Dyches, T. T., Mandeleco, B. (2000). The Family Crucibles of Illness, Disability, Death, and Other Losses. In D. C. Dollahite (Ed), Strengthening Our Families: An In-Depth Look at the Proclamation on the Family (pp. 178-192). Salt Lake City: Bookcraft.

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Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

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Full Professor