The actress, Jeannette Nolan, who plays the wife was later a guest star on an episode of The Waltons (1971), which was created by the author of this story, Earl Hamner, Jr. (credited here as Earl Hamner).
The trivia item below may give away important plot points.
The Gatekeeper would not allow Rip in Elysium Fields because he would smell fire and brimstone if he went there with Hyder, so he and Hyder walk on another road where they meet an angel. The angel tells Hyder that Elysium Fields is actually Hell. Fire and brimstone are significant evidences of a Hellish realm.