LISTEN: Caring for the Dying, Part 9 (Preparing for the Inevitable #38 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 Psalm 116:15: “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”

The featured quote for this episode is from Gayle Forman. She said, “We are born in one day. We die in one day. We can change in one day. And we can fall in love in one day. Anything can happen in just one day.”

Our topic for today is titled “Caring for the Dying, Part 9” from the book, “The Art of Dying: Living Fully into the Life to Come” by Rob Moll.

— Overcoming the Challenges of Medicine

Hospice nurses Callanan and Kelley liken their work to the work of midwives. Instead of birthing babies, they birth souls. Of course, they are not the first to compare the travail of dying to that of birth. Martin Luther, John Donne and Christians throughout the centuries made the same comparison. And in death, just as in birth, medical considerations are both central and peripheral. The miracle of birth is not in the fact that doctors and nurses ensure the safety of mother and child. The miracle of a good death is aided by good medical care, but not dependent on it.

The gift a good death gives to family and friends is similar. Dying well is not a medical event. For centuries Christians have practiced the art of dying without the major medical intervention available today. Yet modern doctors and nurses can assist and even provide opportunities for a good death. Hospice is a good example but certainly not the only one.


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.