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Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal

The search for a truer expression of Christian grief.
Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal
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Like Valerie Harper, We're All Terminal

Celebrities usually make the cover of People magazine for doing something silly or scandalous, but actress Valerie Harper's front-page story last week was much more serious. She announced she'd been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

Harper, best known as the wisecracking New Yorker Rhoda Morganstern on the 1970's sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show, went on to launch her goodbye media tour. On The Doctors, the 73-year-old explained why she elected to go public with her grim diagnosis: "Instead of waiting until after I'm dead to tell people the news, I thought this would be better for my fans to get a head's up." She explained that she wanted to use some of her remaining time on earth—possibly as little as three to six months—to encourage people to be less fearful of death.

Harper is winning praisefor her courage. She hasn't spoken of any faith beyond the faith she has in the love of her family and fans. We would do well to pray for ...

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