I have been serving as a lay/interim pastor for a small (12 adults) rural church for the last 2+years. A 57 year old Christian lady who has been the catalyst for most of the current church activity is very ill with leukemia. She was diagnosed 18 months ago, had two successful round of chemotherapy, only to have her gall bladder act up. Just before the surgery her leukemia came back aggressively. The surgery was more complicated than presumed, the cancer is aggressive, and now she is deteriorating (fever, rapid heart beat, doctors not able to find the source of an infection). My time available for her and the family is limited (full time job in opposite direction/hospital is 55 minutes from my house/ job is 45 minutes away from house). I did visit her Sunday after church and she was not up for a long visit. We celebrated the Lord's Supper and I prayed before leaving. Last night, Tuesday, I was able to leave a meeting to be with her and the family (the doctor has suggested they come be with her). Again, with her discomfort I could only read a few verses of Scripture and offer a brief prayer with her and the family. Did spend some brief moments with her husband, and 2 of the 3 daughters. Sorry for the long run up: My question/ concern is , "How do I effectively minister to her and the family in these circumstances?" I want to be there for them without interfering. As well, she is obviously not up for long visits herself (can't speak much with difficulty breathing). I know our Lord is watching over her, yet as her pastor I want to be there for her/them. Any thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated.