My memories from years ago and an old Saint that I visited in the hospital was that I edged the conversation into the fact that he was dying and he plowed right ahead and said that he was on the way out but he knew that he “would be Okay”. He said something to the effect that he wouldn’t survive life in this old world, but he would survive. When I asked “why?’ he said, “because Christ died for me.” It was a great relief and I remember the fun conversation we had after that. Here was a mortal being swallowed up by life and he knew it.
My Father said much the same thing to me. “Whatever happens to me, I am going to be alright”. That is a great gift to family and friends. Make the statement of faith so we all don’t have to wonder.
Wrote this song years ago with thanks to Johnny Cash.