Hi old friends,
My dear sister in law died last week age 39 leaving 3 kids (16, 12 and 5). We're very close and the youngest kids are staying with us, off and on, for a while.
Got to know the Catholic priest who has been wonderful and made all the difference to helping her accept what was happening. She was not religious at all - quite the opposite, and he hardly knew her until very recently, but he treated her like a daughter. After some of his visits when she had been upset and afraid, he shed tears with us. After a few of his visits she lost all her fear of death and she told us she was ready.
My wife and I are so grateful for the love he showed to a stranger, who did not share his faith - he feels almost like part of my family now, a wonderful Christian human being!