deathbed conversion


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deathbed conversion

The adoption of a particular religion when one's death is near. A: "I didn't know Rita was Catholic." B: "She wasn't, not until her deathbed conversion." I see a lot of deathbed conversions when I work in the hospital—people seem to need religion especially as they near the end of their lives.
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He reportedly said: "Did you hear about Ian Paisley's deathbed conversion to Catholicism?
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In the opening poem, "Traveling to Oklahoma for My Grandmother's Funeral, I Write a Poem about Wallace Stevens," Rader writes about "the priest attending to Stevens" who swore "he made a deathbed conversion // To Catholicism, a claim his daughter denies.
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Chris Huhne, the Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman, said: "This is a deathbed conversion from a party facing defeat.
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Castro's apparent deathbed conversion to a religion with no Cuban adherents is the seal on this gruesome pact.
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The deathbed conversion, once the province of religious life, is becoming a staple of the corporate world.