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When Death Arrives, Part 4 (Preparing for the Inevitable #4)

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Daniel Whyte III

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The Bible says in Romans 14:8: "For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's."

The featured quote for this episode is from Hunter S. Thompson. He said, "Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming 'Wow! What a ride!'"

Our topic for today is titled "When Death Arrives (Part 4)" from the book, "The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come" by Rob Moll.

My own first personal encounter with death came when I was twenty-seven years old. My wife and I went to visit my great aunt who was dying of cancer. 

My aunt lived alone after her sister died fifteen years earlier. Aunt Eileen lived on the fifth floor of an apartment building on the 1300 block of north Lake Shore Drive. I remembered as a child staring through her window at the city below. Now, as I looked out her window, I thought about those visits when her apartment seemed as if it were set in the clouds. Neither Aunt Eileen nor her sister married. Their nieces and nephews, and their children, were her only family nearby. She lived by herself, but she wouldn't die that way. A few family members, particularly my mom, began regularly visiting her.