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S1 E2 – What Happens When We Die?

Beautifully Told Series 1 Episode 2

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About This Episode

If you’re scared of death and try to avoid thinking about it, you’re not alone! In this episode, we talk about our own feelings about death, how to “remember your death” (Memento Mori) and the benefits of living each day as if it’s your last. We also explore why the teaching of the Catholic Church on death and judgement is something that gives each of us hope rather than fear.


“… death is not the end… Christ has already triumphed, and … He is coming back, at some point in the future. He has not forgotten us. The hope of heaven helps us to live through the sufferings of this life, and gives us a reason to stay close to Christ in faith and love.”

Fr Stephen Wang – SYCAMORE: The Catholic Faith Explained

Final Thought:

Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven-through a purification or immediately, — or immediate and everlasting damnation. “At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.” (St John of the Cross)

(Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1022)

Questions for Reflection:

We encourage you to ponder these questions in your heart, in order to dive deeper into the subject of the episode.
1. Are you scared of death? Why do you think that is?
2. Who do you hope to meet in heaven one day?
3. Are you living each day as if it’s your last? How could you better live this life with heaven in mind?
4. If someone invented a pill that meant you would never die, would you take it? Why or why not?

Books Mentioned in This Episode

Books on Death and Judgement

Purgatory A Mystery of Love

Purgatory Fr Donncha Ó hAodha

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A Question of Death & Life Fr Neil McNicholas

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How to Enter Heaven

How to Enter Heaven Adrian Lickorish

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