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Yes, both my grandfather and a family friend recently. There is a phenomenon known as Charles Bonnet Syndrome where people (especially those with bad eyesight) have visual hallucinations that seem completely real, although they know logically they aren't. It's very upsetting to the patient.
I did some reading up on this when my f-i-l was seeing dead people walking around his trailer and sitting on his couch. From what I found, CBS usually occurs when a patient is socially isolated and is suffering from advanced macular degeneration...their eyes play tricks on them and the hallucinations are very complex and life-like. I'm not sure this is what caused his hallucinations, they did slow down when he went off his Parkinson's meds but he says he still sees two figures in his room at night. I don't think they are angels of death but probably floaters or blind spots.
I don't know what to think about supposed "deathbed visions." I've been around a number of dying people and I've never seen anything from them like talking to people who we couldn't see.
One time I had a male patient who was terminal who would tell us that around 7:30pm every evening there would be a man who would come in his room. My colleague would freak out and run around telling everyone the angel of death was visiting him and it would be anytime now.
So the next evening we were in the room with him and he said, "there he is" and pointed to the corner of the room. We started questioning him and when we asked if the man said anything the patient looked at us like we were crazy and said flatly, it's a shadow...
Okay...then he laughed and said, and it looks like there's a monkey over his shoulder. It was the shadow of a tree that would show in his room when the sun started to set. :trout: