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Hospice Theology

Me: Hey God.


God: Hey John.


Me: What should I say to somebody who is about to die?


God: The exact same things you should say to everybody else whenever you have a chance.


Me: What’s that?


God: I love you. I love you so. I forgive you. I’m sorry. I’m blessed to know you. I’m so grateful to you. I think that you are beautiful. I can’t wait to see you again. I love you. I love you so.


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{we are roommates in hospice care together and every conversation we share

could be the most important moment in our lives}


{you and I are both dying right now so let’s not leave a single word unspoken between us ~ let’s speak the softest poetry to each other by moonlight

because one of us might not physically be here in the morning}


{we are fading stars calling to each other across the vast universe to bathe each other in the softest light of love one last time

before we slip through the vortex and back into time}


{together we can build a confessional out of the gentle glances we give each other while we hold hands

and quietly pardon every scar we carved into each other before we knew any better}


{if we remember that every heartbeat is being counted then there will never be any ordinary seconds spent between us

~ each breath we share will be draped in importance}


{in this planet of 8 billion hospice patients there is so much magic and so many chances to brush each other with rose petals


before we are swept away by resurrection}


let’s lace our hands as if eternity is opening up the veil into the great mystery right in front of us


let’s feel our fingers against each other as if this is the last time we will touch before we become celestial kites


let’s part our lips and say what we should have said to each other years ago


I love you. I love you so. I forgive you.

I’m sorry. I’m blessed to know you. I’m so grateful to you.

I think that you are beautiful. I can’t wait to see you again. I love you.

I love you so.

~ john roedel



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Living with a terminal illness, finding your poetry has enriched my life! My heart sort of dances when I read your words (and tears fill my eyes and spill over down my cheeks). I share your poetry with my support groups as we deal with so much...being present, looking at mortality, etc. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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Paula Bunn
Paula Bunn
09 nov 2021

Found your work today, thanks to a friend who posted one of your poems on Facebook. I've provided hospice and community grief support for almost 12 years, and I'm always looking for new resources to share with clients or with colleagues. Today, I found some gems on your site. Thank you.

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Your words speak volumes to my heart. Thank you

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To read your words John, took me back to the countless times on being with the dying. My thoughts I discovered, you had put into words on your pages. Thank you

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Beautiful. Simple. Profound. True.

Thank you. May it not go unsaid.

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