October 25, 2023

How to live without fear of death, and how to have a holy death

Are you guys ready for this? This is a very special episode that is near and dear to my heart. I got to sit down with Fr. Michael O’Loughlin, a great friend of mine. He recently drove six hours to be with my mother-in-law in the final hours of her life and subsequently celebrated her funeral Mass.

In my conversation with Fr. Michael, we recount all that he did for my family in a very difficult time. The spiritual dimensions here are profound. We even dive into the what a priest actually does when he administers Viaticum, also known as last rites. So powerful!! (In a hurry? Skip forward to Fr. Michael’s practical tips for ovecoming fear of death.)

My hope with this episode is that you would be comforted, knowing that death is a holy experience, and all fear is replaced with the grace and loving mercy of the Lord!


  1. Chris, thank you for showing this and sorry about your mother-in-law. This was powerful.

  2. So beautiful! Thank you for this video. It is so important to let people know to call a priest when someone is near death! And it is very comforting when a loved one has died with the Church there to minister the Sacraments and the Apostolic Pardon!

    You said that if we give you the name of a loved one who has recently died you would pray for that soul. My husband, Bruce R, died earlier this year on the evening of the day he went in a hospital for what we were told was a routine out-patient procedure. The procedure went okay, but he coded twice and never recovered. We were not able to say good-bye because he was unconscious and on a ventilator and pacemaker.
    However, he had a holy death. He and I had attended Mass that morning, so his last food was the Eucharist. Three of our children and I prayed the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and a priest we know came and anointed him and gave him the Apostolic Pardon.
    He died on Easter Friday, two days before Divine Mercy Sunday.