The strength of Joseph Freinademetz was spent, his body worn out; he could no longer fight the typhus. His final agony lasted nine days, from the 19th to the 28th of January. The pain became unbearable, but neither Chinese medicine nor the skill of an American doctor was able to help him.
Br. Ulrich broke out in tears when he woke up in agony after long hours of unconsciousness and mumbled to him: “Thank the physician!” During the last days he frequently lost consciousness, in the intervals he could be heard saying short ejaculatory prayers. His last night turned out to be a night of excruciating suffering, caused by additional bladder problems. An intervention brought temporary relief, until complete exhaustion set in. There was no real agony. Accompanied by the prayer of his confreres Joseph Freinademetz died on Tuesday, January 28, 1908 at about 6:00 p.m. His was, in the truest sense of the word, a return to the Father.