"The only thing that burns in Hell is the part of you that won't let go of life, your memories, [and] your attachments. They burn them all away. But they're not punishing you, they're freeing your soul. So, if you're frightened of dying and you're holding on, you'll see devils tearing your life away. But if you've made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth." -- Meister Eckhart
The above quote is from Meister Eckhart but it's recited in the movie Jacob's Ladder if you have not seen the movie yet, I definitely recommend it.