Spooky Stuff - page 3

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  1. by   angelymick
    Quote from loriann
    I think the weight loss thing you're talking about is 21 grams. My understanding is that when a person dies, he/she loses 21 grams of mass, which many believe is the weight of your soul. There was actually a movie about it recently...didn't see it though.
    Wow, need to pay more attention to that one. What a cool theory. Anyone else with more input on that?
    :uhoh21:
  2. by   judy ann
    I worked at a busy LTC as night supervisor. When I would enter the building on some nights, I heard a "swishing" noise. On those nights, I had a death. I decided this was angel wings fluttering. One night the sound was especially pronounced. We lost three residents.

    Many of my elderly residents would tell me to "look at all the angels in the courtyard". They would stare out the window for some time, totally transfixed. Often, they didn't make it through the night.

    One little lady, aged 95, told me that her mother and father were coming for her the next day. Right, she died the next day.

    I learned to listen to these folks, and to keep an especially close eye on them.
  3. by   Belgndogs
    Last summer I worked nights as a CNA on a surg/oncology floor. While I had several less tangible 'encounters' the most dramatic was when the call light went on for a pt who had already expired. It was around 3 am, everyone was at the nurse's station and the pt was in a private room. We looked up at the sound of the bell going off and had the collective realization that no one could possibly be pushing the call button.
  4. by   Asterias Aureus
    Quote from loriann
    I think the weight loss thing you're talking about is 21 grams. My understanding is that when a person dies, he/she loses 21 grams of mass, which many believe is the weight of your soul. There was actually a movie about it recently...didn't see it though.
    Was the movie called 21 grams? Is that what that Naomi Watts movie was about? I'll have to check that out one day soon.

    Maureen
  5. by   not now
    Quote from Asterias Aureus
    Was the movie called 21 grams? Is that what that Naomi Watts movie was about? I'll have to check that out one day soon.

    Maureen
    That movie is not in chronoligical order so if you're looking for a no brainer, don't see it (it constantly jumps around from three different viewpoints). I took my friend and for the first hour of the movie she kept leaning over and saying "I don't know what's going on!"

    I have no ghost stories, sorry for the hijack.
    Last edit by not now on Sep 1, '04
  6. by   Shed13911
    What I want to know is who is weighing these dead people and why? I have been a nurse for 27 years and have never heard of weighing someone after they passed. Can you explain please??
  7. by   pinkisnoopi
    Here's a little something that freaked me out: I'm a nurse in a Surgical ICU & was taking care of an organ donor patient, preparing to take him to the OR in the am (to recover his organs). I left the room & when I returned, I noticed his left arm was lying up next to his head. I naturally assumed that the resident positioned his arm that way to do a procedure or something, but when I asked him about it, he said he didn't do such a thing! When I asked the organ consortium person who was working with us that night about it, he said it was "reflexive" and that "it happens"!! I was spooked & amazed..
  8. by   jannecdote
    Have you ever heard that saying that death comes in threes? If one patient dies, it seems like two more expire soon afterwards. One night at work we had a patient expire at shift change. It was one of the most chaotic nights I've ever experienced as a nurse. Most of the patients were awake all night, three were found wandering in the hallways, one patient said, and I quote "death is here"--and sure enough, two more patients expired before our shift was over. There was such a restless feeling in the building that night, like all the older patients were in a state of expectation--waiting on the death angel to come get them. One patient remarked, after his roommate had expired, that death wasn't coming for him that night--they'd already gotten his roommate. He was one of the only patients who actually got a good night's sleep.
  9. by   Asterias Aureus
    Quote from shed13911
    what i want to know is who is weighing these dead people and why? i have been a nurse for 27 years and have never heard of weighing someone after they passed. can you explain please??
    Quote from asterias aureus
    although not exactly scary, another nurse i work with had the idea (not sure if she thought about it on her own or heard about it from another medical professional) that immediately after a patient dies he or she loses like two pounds (not sure of the exact number...something like 2.something). she thinks that it is the person's soul leaving the body. she was talking about this one day and one doctor overheard her. he thought the weight loss was just due to loss of air from the lungs. my nurse coworker did some empirical research for a paper she had to write for school, and her findings were pretty consistent! she even found that a patient who was totally nasty during his hospital stay (and from visitor input generally mean) didn't lose any weight after he died. i don't know what it really is, but it really makes you think! anyone else have experience or thoughts about that?
    hello shed...



    as i said before, this was an individual nurse's project. she wanted to see, based on something she had heard before, if a person's soul has weight. presumably, if a person has a soul, it would leave the body upon death. the best way to see if a soul has weight is to weigh a person right before and immediately after death. this was my co-worker's research project, based on curiosity. weighing patients after they die is not a routine thing in my hospital.



    hope that explains it.



    maureen

  10. by   mariedoreen
    Quote from angelymick
    Wow, need to pay more attention to that one. What a cool theory. Anyone else with more input on that?
    :uhoh21:
    I actually heard about this 15 years ago from my boss, a pathologist, during an autopsy. An EMT that was observing said he had read about studies where patients were laying on bed scales that took their weight before and immediately after death and that there was a consistent amount of lost weight among the patients. My boss confirmed the existance of this theory, indicating that he had read similar research and believed it to be true himself and that he also believed that the lost weight represented the departure of the patient's soul. A wonderful, comforting idea if you ask me.
  11. by   obeyacts2
    Here are two of my recent experiences (there have been lots more: I do private duty as a CNA with hospice pts at home)

    1) Lady is dying at home with lung CA. Her family has, as hospice tactfully says "poor coping skills". When I went to care for her she looked at me and said "you are going to help me die". She started declining sharply after that, and one afternoon I was sitting with her and she said "I'm going to cross over the bridge and I want you to go with me". I told her "you need to step over, but I can't go with you, but I will walk with you as far as I can". The hospice nurse came over later and said "for whatever reason, she has chosen to die with you". I went back into the room after the nurse left and she told me "there are two angels that stand behind you and follow you everywhere you go". She slipped into a nonresponsive state soon after, and she waited until all her family had either gone home or left the room, and she died holding my hand.
    2) Liver CA pt, at home was slipping fast. I was working the overnight shift so family could sleep, but had instructions to wake them if anything might be happening. They wanted to be alone with Mom at the end. I felt the angel of death come in the room, and the ladys breathing became very slow and irregular as did her pulses. I ran and got the family. They all gathered around and she was like this for a few minutes, then all of a sudden she seemed fine, and the angelic presence left. Later that night the Dh came in and I felt that there was something that needed to be said, so I left them alone and went to make coffee for morning. When I came back she was sleeping peacefully. She finally did die 24 hrs later. Why the death angel left and then returned I have no idea.


    Laura
  12. by   snowfreeze
    I work in a large LTC facility that is on the grounds of an orphanage from the late 1800's. When residents see children in their rooms (and no children have visited) there is a death pending. The death is usually the one who sees the children but not always. One resident described them to me while they were sitting in her room; I was in the room too and did not see the children but of course was quite curious so I asked questions. A little girl with dirt on her dress and tangled hair was sitting on the bed and a little boy at first sitting on the floor then 'making mischief' in the room and also very dirty. The children spoke to her and said they were not here for her just visiting and that the soul they were coming for was on the unit above hers. They had come for someone else but the time wasn't right so they visited with this resident for a while. Another patient on the named unit died about 3 hours later, quite unexpected too. And....we found a lost personal item (glasses) of the first resident in the dead residents room...now that was spooky. These glasses had been missing for about a week and could not be located. Either the glasses were "shared" at an activity......and the little boy making mischief and the little girl answered the residents wish in returning a belonging or it was just a really weird coincidence.
  13. by   leslie :-D
    being a hospice nurse, i have experienced a few visitis from my patients who have passed....but not spooky to me, but that's another thread.

    anyway, there was one patient who just refused to leave this earth.
    she went kicking and fighting, angry, crying and in so much emotional anguish.
    and right before she died, she promised "i'll get you for this".

    she used to wear this God-awful perfume that had a very distinct odor on her.

    a couple of weeks after she died, i smelled this perfume, just around the area i was standing.
    and no matter where i walked, it would follow me.

    and other coworkers noticed this smell too...just in my area.

    so i said aloud, "mary i hope you have finally found peace"....
    the others knew who i was talking about and to.

    after i spoke with 'mary'....the perfume disappeared.

    leslie

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