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Are they hallucinations? Seems the hospice "protocol" discounts spirituality.
Quite the contrary, one of the things we make note of is when our patients are transitioning and reaching out or staring at one spot on a wall or ceiling-we say they are "seeing Angels". It's usually a calm and peaceful time.
Are they hallucinations? Who knows. None of us will until we are at that same point in our life journey. All I know is my patient is seeing them and and is comforted by them. Hallucination or visit from a dead relative-why would I want to make it go away??
I've attended many deaths. I've held the hands of the dying and said the Lord's Prayer with them, bowed my head and stood respectfully while prayers were said by those of different faiths, comforted grieving family members, sat with people in their homes for hours until the funeral home arrived, laughed with them as they told all the family stories.
I am a Christian, I respect everyone's choice, but I sense a bit of confrontation in your post. I will not engage in a pissing contest in a public forum-no ones opinion is ever changed, and everyone feels a bit raw afterwords.