Father Knows Best: What happens when we die?

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Hey Rev!

What happens when we die?

– Wondering

House-ad_SPO_FKB_new_0429139Dear Wondering:

A little over a week ago, I learned that my friend, Chris, is entering into palliative care. The news was a shock. When Chris first got sick earlier this year, it sounded as though there was cause for optimism: the tumor was not malignant and the medical professionals felt that a combination of radiation and chemotherapy held promise. But after five weeks of treatment and the awful side effects which flow out of the calculated poisoning of the body, the tumor was quite unchanged. And so Chris stopped treatment. And he moved into hospice.

Chris makes excellent use of social media and of Facebook in particular. And thus, not long after he shared the news that he probably isn’t going to get better, Chris used Facebook to ask his friends a question…

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About Martin Elfert

The Rev. Martin Elfert is an immigrant to the Christian faith. After the birth of his first child, he began to wonder about the ways in which God was at work in his life and in the world. In response to this wondering, he joined Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he and his new son were baptized at the Easter Vigil in 2005 and where the community encouraged him to seek ordination. Martin served on the staff of the Episcopal Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Spokane, Wash. from 2011-2015. He is now the rector of Grace Memorial Episcopal Church in Portland, Oreg.

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