• Good Old Fred

    l' Fred had been a faithful Christian and was in the hospital, near death. The family called their preacher to stand with them. 
     As the preacher stood next to the bed, Ol' Fred's condition appeared to deteriorate and he motioned frantically for something to write on. 
     The pastor lovingly handed him a pen and a piece of paper, and Ol' Fred used his last bit of energy to scribble a note, then he died. 
     The preacher thought it best not to look at the note at that time, so he placed it in his jacket pocket.
     At the funeral, as he was finishing the message, he realized that he was wearing the same jacket that he was wearing when Ol' Fred died. He said, "You know, Ol' Fred handed me a note just before he died. I haven't looked at it, but knowing Fred, I'm sure there's a word of inspiration there for us all." 
     He opened the note, and read, "Hey, you're standing on my oxygen tube!"(Thanks to Christians United)

    Attitudes are changing about the subject of death and funerals.
    DEATH DINNERS: In an effort to lift the veil off some pretty uncomfortable topics, hundreds of American’s across the Country have organized so called “Death Dinners”. Friends and relatives are invited to discuss topics, among them: Would I want a feeding tube? Do my parents want to die at home? What happens to my kids if my wife dies? The aim is to ward off conflicts over finances, insurance, inheritance, medical care, and what happens at the end of one’s life. On Aug. 24, 2014 over 300 “Let’s Have Dinner and Talk About Death” global dinners were organized by the Elizabeth Kubler Ross Foundation and the national Hospice and Palliative Care Associations. Dinners were held in Nebraska, Tampa Bay, Seattle, San Francisco, L.A., New York and hundreds of far flung locations including 12 foreign countries. Complete information and outlines of topics to discuss are available on www.deathoverdinner.org.
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