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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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on one's deathbed

while one is in bed and dying. While he lay on his deathbed, he told his lawyer that he wanted to give all his money to charity.
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on (one's) deathbed

Close to death.
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Writer Bronnie Ware, who cared for the dying when she worked as a nurse, has listed top five regrets people have on their deathbeds.
Becker modestly ends with a listing of what the book could have and did not do: it did not consider manuscript sources, it did not compare female and male deathbeds, it could have taken more account of religious difference.
So many of the deathbed accounts and posthumous publications discussed in this book issued from Puritan or Nonconformist women and their ministers.
Either way, let's hope that his deathbed remarks are more interesting than the ones he used to utter when he was fit and well.
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An epilogue descends from metaphysical poetry to social history, as two accounts of women on their deathbeds are chosen to demonstrate the reality of atheistic doubt in the Renaissance.
I was frustrated as well by the exclusively textual approach to culture; the texts that Schor uses are fascinating evidence, but they are read constantly against each other, and never against the practices of people at deathbeds and churchyards.
He came so close to dying so many times and always managed to pull back: Deathbeds were places he visited the way the rest of us visit sleep.
Indian nationalists accused her of converting Hindus on their deathbeds, but that was never proven and the skepticism subsided.
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