In the past two weeks, I’ve been to the hospital three times… twice to congratulate parents with their new babies, and once to say goodbye to a dear friend. Why do I share this with you? Well… check out the following video, and you’ll understand…
My recent conversation with author Fred Grewe hit close to home this past week. I got a call late in the evening to go the hospital. A dear friend of many years had just received difficult news from the doctor: “Your time on earth is almost over, possibly ending at any moment.”
As I entered her room, she greeted me with the same grace she always had. We talked. She laughed and cried; I listened. She wasn’t afraid of dying, but she was nervous about the possible pain. The only request she had was not to live longer, but to pass quietly in her sleep. We prayed together, hugged, and agreed to talk again the next day.
We never did. She passed away peacefully in her sleep.
Listen as authors L.A. Emrich & Fred Grewe discuss who dies with the greatest difficulty:
With his writing, L.A. Emrich investigates the voice of pop culture as it intersects with spirituality, myth, and the paranormal. As a hospice chaplain who has been bedside with over one thousand persons passing away, Fred Grewe writes about what the dying have taught him about living. Want to know more?
This past weekend, I talked with FRED GREWE. Fred and I have been close friends for many years. Recently, our careers find us both busy writing and sharing from our life experiences. I write about pop culture and the intersection between spirituality with the paranormal, BEYOND THE RABBIT EARS. And Fred writes about matters of life and dying, WHAT THE DYING HAVE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LIVING. These subjects fit well together, like hand in glove, as you will soon see.
As a hospice chaplain for the past nine years, Fred has been bedside as over one thousand people have passed away. Listen as we discuss whether people become angels after death. Do some become ghosts? Why do the dying often see and talk with deceased loved ones? Are they hallucinating? What if one believes there’s nothing in the afterlife, what then?
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