Thresholds – Learning to Die in Order to Live

Although death is the ultimate rite of passage and one we must all experience, I find as a minister that most people understand little about the end of life. Serving as a Hospice Chaplain, during Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio in 2009, presented me with a hundred opportunities to be with persons who were dying, including many during their final moments. It helped me with a direct understanding of something of the mystery that is death. Today we’ll look at death and dying in an anticipatory way, based on the way we actually live our lives. Let us consider our living and dying in a way from which we can learn.