LISTEN: Caring for the Dying, Part 2 (Preparing for the Inevitable #31 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast will help you get ready to face the inevitable unpleasant things that will happen in your life — things like trouble, suffering, sickness, and death — the death of people you love and your own death. Trouble, suffering, and death are common threads that run throughout all of humanity. They are inescapable. You will never meet a person who has not, is not, or will not experience these terrible things in life. Yet, we attempt to hide from these inevitabilities, to pretend they don’t exist or that they won’t happen to us. Our world is filled with news of people dying, children suffering, entire government systems and organizations enduring trouble and turmoil, but we tend to see these as things that only happen to “other people” and never to us. Trouble, suffering, and death come equally to all people, of all races, from every socio-economic status, of every religion, in every country of the world. It makes us all equal. This podcast will show you how to accept these realities of life, and not just cope, but face trouble, suffering, and death in your own life and in the world with confidence, courage, class, and most of all, with faith, hope, and charity.

The Bible says in Isaiah 25:8: “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.”

The featured quote for this episode is from William Shakespeare. He said,
“Of all the wonders that I have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”

Our topic for today is titled “Caring for the Dying, Part 2” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.

We continue with the story of Katherine Jefferson and her brother, Bob, who came down with cancer and later died.

When Bob called his family with news that he had developed cancer, it was a shock. “Once someone has cancer, all your conversations are about that,” Katharine said. Characteristically, Bob was upbeat and positive about his prognosis. And at first, it looked promising. Though he had delayed seeing the doctor, the cancer was still early enough in its development for Bob to qualify for the Whipple Procedure, in which surgeons remove parts of the pancreas, small intestines and other organs. He found a nearby hospital where he could have the surgery, and the doctors’ reports afterward were encouraging. They had removed all the cancer, he told Katharine.

Following the operation Katharine spent a week in Florida helping to take care of her brother and his family while he recovered from the procedure and began chemotherapy. “It was rough on him,” Katharine said. “He had a hard time in the hospital,” and then when he arrived home and recovered, Bob began chemo. Finally, by the beginning of 2005, it looked as though he had simply been through a terrible scare. For the next nine months, doctors continued to keep an eye on the cancer, and Bob finally began the retirement he had hoped to start the previous fall.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.