Lessons on Living from the Dying

Lessons on Living from the Dying


As tough as it is to talk about, sometimes many of us don’t realize what really matters in life until we or the person we love are knocking on “death’s door.”

In this Newswatch16 Special Assignment, Ryan Leckey shows us that sometimes the biggest lessons about living can come from those who are dying. The full story airs on Newswatch 16 at 6 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, 2019.

As part of his morning show preview pieces, Ryan introduced us to Maggie Ferrante of Exeter.

The 78-year-old Luzerne County woman talked about her journey toward death that started in a very dark place.

“I was just lying in bed, begging God to take me,” Ferrante said.

Maggie’s health issues stem from a debilitating back injury that continued to get worse and barely being able to breathe, something Maggie admits she did to herself from years of smoking. It led to a condition known as COPD.

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It’s a common lung disease that can often make breathing difficult.

Although Maggie admits she’s still dying, she says her outlook on life changed when she found Allied Services Home Hospice Program.