Quote from tencat
If it is 'just hallucinations,' how come no matter what culture, or spiritual background, pretty much everyone who goes through the process of dying slowly has the same hallucinations of loved ones coming to them? That's the part that defies logic for me. There seems to be something to it that is not just hallucinating.
"Pretty much everyone" is quite a claim you are making. I have seen many people die who had no such hallucinations and I have seen many people die who had many other types of hallucinations. As I mentioned, all the other types of hallucinations are immediately dismissed, but you focus on the "loved ones" aspect. The "loved ones coming to them" hypothesis is so focused on because that is what the observer wants to believe.
If there was "something to it" that is not just hallucinating, then an investigation into it should yield some insights. While you are at it, you would have to compile a list of other hallucinations, categorize them and investigate them too. But you don't. You only consider the dead relatives possibility.
Considering the focus many cultures put on dead relatives watching over us from beyond the grave, it is any wonder that people recall these memories and put them into action when their systems are so compromised?
Others spend their lives fearing the government and lo and behold when their mental status is diminished they are sure the FBI, CIA, or IRS agents are present and after them. But for some reason, no one investigates these goverment agencies to see why they are harrassing these poor dying people.
Think about it, if a person spent their entire lives being told that that "Magic Margarita Blender" would escort them to the afterworld at the moment of their death, I would wager that magic blender sightings would be rampant. Same goes for Jesus. Many people call out to and think they see Jesus when they are dying. They do this because they were told all their life this would happen.
Those that were never told Jesus would come to get them or who never heard of Jesus are for some reason never visited by Jesus. Why is this? Is Jesus guilty of discrimination?
The only reason people believe dead relative sightings are real is because they want to believe they are real.