Planning a Positive Death?

Want to get a daily reminder that you’ll eventually die? There’s an app for that, says The New York Times.

Called “WeCroak” (no kidding!), the app will send up to five reminders a day that one’s end, if not imminent, will eventually come.

The mobile phone app is one facet of what’s called the “positive death” movement, which seeks to demystify the end of life and make people more comfortable with the notion of its end. 

There are sessions where you can try on a burial shroud, autograph a friend’s cardboard casket (pre-use, it should be noted), and share thoughts about the final transition of life.

The idea has spawned something of a small industry of “death doulas,” or specialists who help a dying person arrange his or her last hours. Henry Fersko-Weiss, a social worker credited with the concept of creating a “midwife” role for the end of life, said there were similarities between those who assist in birth and those who help the dying.

“There are tremendous similarities between birthing and dying,” he told the newspaper. “There’s a great deal unknown, there’s a great deal of pain and a need for support for the people around the person who is going through the experience.”

It’s difficult to argue with that logic: Those who are facing death, as well as their families, need a supporting hand, a listening ear, and an encouraging heart. These are things which the Christian church has long provided its members—and even complete strangers. Mother Teresa of Calcutta was noted for specifically being close to those who were dying alone, offering a word of encouragement in their final hours.

But however such education, planning, and end-of-life counseling take place, there remains a key question: What happens after death? Do we go immediately to heaven? Are we sent directly to hell? Do we come back as a hummingbird or as a cow? And can our living relatives hear from us after this life has passed?

There are clear, reliable answers to be found, but not from a “death doula.” Instead, they’re in the pages of your Bible, and they await your discovery. Our brief but enlightening video will tell you the “Truth About Death.” Click here to watch, and be sure to share it with a friend.

—Written by Mark A. Kellner

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