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LISTEN: Caring for the Dying, Part 4 (Preparing for the Inevitable #33 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 1 Corinthians 15:54: “So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

The featured quote for this episode is from C.S. Lewis. He said, “The death of a beloved is an amputation.”

Our topic for today is titled “Caring for the Dying, Part 4” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.

Today, we begin looking at some lessons from the story of Katherine Jefferson and her brother, Bob, who came down with cancer and later died.

— Journeying to What?

Bob’s dying process lasted more than two years after he was diagnosed with cancer. While gradual dying can strain family resources as members care for an ill person or struggle to pay medical bills, it also provides opportunities for families to care for each other. This can be particularly meaningful when it is the last time we will be able to care for someone we love.

Caregiving for a dying person is full-time work. It can be exhausting, even for someone like Cindy, who was healthy, able, retired and had plenty of help from friends and family. On top of the physical effort, a terminal illness requires navigating the complex health-care system of insurance, medicine and doctors. Patients take trips to the hospital, undergo surgery perhaps, and need time to recover. All this goes on in addition to the mundane requirements of life — meals, children’s soccer games, lawn mowing.


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 Amazon.com 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.