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glimpses of the afterlife/nde

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Hi!

So,pretty straightforward question.have any of you experienced your patients telling you they see their dead loved ones before passing? Or that they're going home and how at peace they are with it. Anything along those lines would be awesome.i have lossed many people dear to me.a sister,dad and first love. I find these stories extremely comforting.i want to go into nursing and death comes with the territory.im trying to emotionally,mentally and spiritually prepare myself for it.ive been around death more than id like (not that anybody likes it) and im wondering if theres a deeper meaning of why ive gone thru this.im only 27 and never imagined having family/friends so close to me not be around anymore so soon.perhaps it will make me stronger once i go into nursing? My heart is in the right place,being with critically ill patients.when they pass its these stories (afterlife visions) that'll help me get thru the day.

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

My grandmother was found on the floor of her house unable to get up. She claimed that my dead grandfather had pushed her out of her wheelchair. That's probably not the touching type of story you're looking for, but it's the only experience I have. :eek:

I recommend reading the book Final Gifts. It is written by a hospice nurse. I think it gives great insight and stories of what some hospice patient's experience at the end of life.

Final Gifts: Understanding the Special Awareness, Needs, and Communications of the Dying:Amazon:Books

Your suggestion is exactly what I was going to offer.

I'm a hospice nurse and yes, it is common for patients to talk about seeing relatives who have already died.

That book is a gem.

middleagednurse

Specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD. Has 50+ years experience.

I wonder, do you see only people you loved?

Hmm, that's a good question! I would assume so and maybe you only see the loved ones who are going to be wherever it is that you go...

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

Anyone hear patients describe seeing a black dog in the room before they die? I have had patients report this several times. The first time I didn't think anything of it. In my career I have had 4 or 5 different patients ask about the black dog in the room very shortly before their death. Weirded me out.

middleagednurse

Specializes in nurseline,med surg, PD. Has 50+ years experience.

I witnessed many deaths but no one has ever mentioned a dog. Maybe theres a dog ghost in your facility.

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response. Has 16 years experience.

I witnessed many deaths but no one has ever mentioned a dog. Maybe theres a dog ghost in your facility.

First time I heard a [patient mention it was in a LA ICU, the next time it was in Madison Wisconsin. Also heard in in Christ Church New Zealand and Minneapolis MN. I don't think it was the facility.

CapeCodMermaid, RN

Specializes in Gerontology, Med surg, Home Health. Has 30 years experience.

I've had many, many residents see their dead family members before they passed. It didn't seem to be a scary experience for them....on the contrary they derived a sense of peace from seeing a loved one.

One woman...never will forget her....everyone's favorite resident. She was quite obviously going to die. Her heart rate was going up and getting weaker, blood pressure going down. There were 3 of us in her room. She told one of the nurses to take her hand and make the sign of the cross for her. She told me she saw her dead mother, dead father, and dead archbishop in the room and they were calling her home. The 3 of us were quiet...tears streaming down our cheeks. Then she turned her head and looked into the other corner of the room. She listened and nodded her head. Her vital signs started to improve. I asked her who she saw.....she said "It's the Great One. He told me there are people here who still need me." Five minutes later, she was fine. Didn't die for several more years. (On a side note, I was telling a friend this story. "The Great One," she said. "Your patient saw Jackie Gleason?" Yikes....not that great one. THE Great One).

WOW! That's amazing :D thank you so very much for sharing your story. If that's not compelling evidence i don't know what is! I really don't believe in coincidences...

abbnurse

Has 29 years experience.

I've had many, many residents see their dead family members before they passed. It didn't seem to be a scary experience for them....on the contrary they derived a sense of peace from seeing a loved one.

One woman...never will forget her....everyone's favorite resident. She was quite obviously going to die. Her heart rate was going up and getting weaker, blood pressure going down. There were 3 of us in her room. She told one of the nurses to take her hand and make the sign of the cross for her. She told me she saw her dead mother, dead father, and dead archbishop in the room and they were calling her home. The 3 of us were quiet...tears streaming down our cheeks. Then she turned her head and looked into the other corner of the room. She listened and nodded her head. Her vital signs started to improve. I asked her who she saw.....she said "It's the Great One. He told me there are people here who still need me." Five minutes later, she was fine. Didn't die for several more years. (On a side note, I was telling a friend this story. "The Great One," she said. "Your patient saw Jackie Gleason?" Yikes....not that great one. THE Great One).

CCM, this post made me cry and laugh. Jackie Gleason :roflmao: !!

abbnurse

Has 29 years experience.

I recommend reading the book Final Gifts. It is written by a hospice nurse. I think it gives great insight and stories of what some hospice patient's experience at the end of life.

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Another book you might like is "Don't Kiss Them Goodbye", by Allison DuBois. I hope you will find it comforting. (BTW, Allison is the woman depicted in the TV show "Medium". )

sallyrnrrt, ADN, RN

Specializes in critical care, ER,ICU, CVSURG, CCU.

"to da moon, alice, to da moon" ....thanks capecod

NurseQT

Has 10+ years experience.

I cared for a patient about a month ago that one night complained she was unable to sleep because of all the people in the room... It was only her and the other night nurse in the room. The nurse tried telling her there was no one else in the room, but the patient kept saying there was a room full of people. Later on in the shift she told the CNA she was going to die. She passed away less than 48 hours later!

I also knew a young girl who died very unexpectedly in her sleep (she was only 4 and healthy!). The week prior to her death she kept saying she was going to die! About a month after her death her parents had developed some film and on it were pics of her a couple days before her death, in the photos she was sitting on the couch and next to her was an image of a man who resembled Jesus! Her parents were adamant that she had been sitting alone on the couch when the photo was taken. I never got to see these pictures but two different friends did see the pics and said they saw the exact same image!