they see dead people - page 2

In my 7 years of clinical nursing experience, I have encountered many incidents wherein dying patients, especially cancer patients in do-not-resuscitate status, would see relatives who apparently... Read More

  1. by   Pepper The Cat
    I had a pt who coded post surgery. She told me that she was going towards a white light when she was met by an angel who told her that is wasn't her time yet - she needed to go back.So she did.
    I had goosebumps when she told me her story.
  2. by   HM2VikingRN
    When my dad died I could feel him in the ER.....spooky weird feeling....(He had passed a couple hours before I could get to the hospital...)

    I do believe that people hang around to say goodbye to their loved ones even after they have left their body....
  3. by   Nurse_Diane
    Quote from leslie :-D
    i consider myself incredibly blessed, to have been a part of so many of my dying pt's experiences.
    it is truly a privilege.


    Your patients are truly fortunate to have you for their nurse, and you are a credit to the nursing profession!

    Diane, RN
  4. by   AngelfireRN
    We don't know who my Grandmother was seeing before she died, but the last time my DH came to see her (he was dropping me off so I could spend the night with her at the hospital) she told me that she wanted to go to bed. As she was already in bed, I said, "Grandmother, you're in bed already, just go to sleep if you want."

    "I am not in bed, I'm standing in the kitchen."

    "No, Grandmother, you're in bed."

    At this point, she looked in the corner, where NOBODY was, and said, "Hmph, does it LOOK like I'm in bed?"

    DH turned chalk white, said "Mrs. DW's grandma, I hope you feel better soon", and BOOKED. Absolutely refused to go back in that room, and offered to take me back home so I would not have to stay with "them".
  5. by   Virgo_RN
    When my grandfather was dying of emphysema, I went to visit him in the hospital. My Aunt, who was making the decisions, was praying for a miracle and would not put him on comfort care. That night, I had a dream that I was breaking him out of the hospital. I had him in a wheelchair and was pushing him down the hall, and helicopters were chasing us, and alarms going off, spotlights all over the place, like some kind of movie jailbreak. He died that day.
  6. by   LaneyB
    When my mom had pancreatic cancer I had a dream that my cat from when I was young came to me from behind a baseball fence. I picked him up, and he laid his head on my shoulder and it felt like he was comforting me. He didn't talk or anything weird, but I could just strongly sense what he was trying to communicate. Then a young girl came and was on the other side of the fence, which I knew I couldn't cross, and my cat went to her. I knew he had to stay with her. My mom went into the hospital for the last time that morning.

    I am not religious, and don't really believe in an after-life, but I can tell you all it did not feel like a dream. It felt so real, and to this day I am 75% sure that my cat came to let me know my mom was dying.
  7. by   ellymay
    I am a firm believer that you can see someone who has passed on. When I was a teenager I saw my great grandmother who had been dead for several years. It scared me to death but I know what I saw.
  8. by   Orca
    My mother - an RN, former ICU nurse and longtime house supervisor, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She was a patient in the hospital where she had worked for so many years. The night before she died, my father was in the room alone with her. She said "Look at all the relatives!" She started naming people off, all of whom had passed away. Did she really see them, or was this just a hallucination? I can't answer that question.
  9. by   tatara
    The soul lives on even after death
  10. by   MikeyBSN
    It's possible that as a person's body shuts down, and the brain cells begin to die, the brain clings to whatever images and memories are the deepest, earliest, and most entrenched. This could produce images of parents and grandparents, who likely died before the patient. Maybe the body struggles for a small time of lucidity and only has those deepest memories left, then the body fatigues and the person dies, which could be why they see dead relatives shortly before they die.
  11. by   Sue Damonas
    My Dad had been ill for a number of years and had not slept well for a long time due to chronic pain. The day after he died, my Mom woke up and heard him snoring like he used to and she sensed his presence beside her. She said it happened several more times throughout the year.

    Several years after that, my Mom was dying at home and several days before she died she started mentioning my Dad and her father and several times she was chatting away staring straight ahead. The night before she died I was closing the kitchen blinds and there were 2 orbs of light shining in the window. I didn't see anything that would be shining the lights in the window. I was so sleep deprived that I just closed the blinds. Later on after getting some sleep it occurred to me that the orbs were probably my Dad and grandfather!!
  12. by   sharpeimom
    when i was home for the thanksgiving break when i was a junior in college, my grandmother who lived with us, was dying of pneunonia and advanced parkinson's disease. i really hated going back but i had a test given by a professor with an absolutely no makeup exams for any reason whatsoever. the next night, i woke up at exactly 5:38 am and had a weird feeling. i looked out my window, which was normally bright 24 hours a day. just then, it was pitch black except for a bright circle of light. the light gradually faded away. about 9:00am, my mom called and told me grandma had died about twenty to six.

  13. by   Mimi2RN
    My mum was dying from adeno carcinoma of the uterus in a British hospital. I went home when she was admitted. The first day she did not know me, but the next evening she came around and we talked for a while. Suddenly she sat up in bed and said "It's my dad!". I looked down the ward, but didn't see anyone. I'm sure it was her dad, coming for her. She passed away two days later.