Hospital and ER Personal Experiences

Quite naturally, hospitals are common areas for the sick and the injured to pass over. Equally natural is the fact that hospital employees who attend to patients bear witness to their crossing over from life into death, and what may lie beyond. Although the training of these hospital personnel makes them traditionally scientifically oriented and skeptical of unexplainable phenomenon, witnessing countless people make their final journey is liable to impress even the most hesitant of minds.

In “Parting Visions: a New Scientific Paradigm,” Dr. Melvin Morse details some cases of hospital and emergency staff witnessing the crossing over of patients. He says, “Shared spiritual experiences with dying patients are also reported, which again are strikingly similar to near-death experiences.”

One such story involves a nurse:

[She] described a vivid dream in which she accompanied one of her patients through a tunnel into a spiritual light, which occurred at the same time her patient died in the hospital. She stated that during the dream “we burst out into the open-bright light all around us. I felt incredibly peaceful and good. Then I thought, I can't stay, it isn't my time, I have things to do. I looked (at her patient). She had already become part of that glorious white light.

Hospital staff witnessing and even sharing (to some degree) crossingover experiences of their dying patients may be more common than typically thought. For example, according to Morse, anthropologist D. Lewis “randomly interviewed 100 London nurses and found that 35 percent reported experiences with dead patients, ranging from vague feelings to visual and auditory hallucinations.”

In another example, in The Near-Death Experience: A Reader, Lee Worth Baily and Jenny L. Yates talk about how one nurse reported witnessing a patient cross over and seeing something “as if the patient were surrounded by a bright glow.” She added, “That was a phenomenon she had sometimes observed in the dying.”

Some hospital and emergency room staff are witness to their patients' deathbed visions just as they cross over. Wills-Brandon, tells of one doctor describing an interesting case where one of his patients crossed over and seemed to regress to a childhood age just moments before death, as he seemed to see his own passed-on mother.

The doctor said:

While he appeared perfectly rational and sane as any man I have ever seen, the only way I can express it is that he was transported into another world … for he said in a stronger voice than he had used since I attended him, “There is Mother! Why, Mother, have you come to see me? No, no, I'm coming to see you. Just wait Mother, I'm almost over. I can jump it. Wait, Mother.” On his face there was a look of inexpressible happiness, and the way in which he said the words impressed me as I have never seen before, and I am as firmly convinced that he saw and talked with his mother as I am that I am sitting here.

In another case, Wills-Brandon explains that nurses and doctors at the deathbed of a young boy witnessed not only the boy's dying visions but also a strange change in his physical symptoms, as well as the boy's prediction of his imposing death. These doctors and nurses recount that the boy often talked about his dead mother:

He mentioned her … very affectionately. The day he died he had no fever but he said, “My time has come.” … “My mother is calling. She is standing with her arms open.” At that moment his state of mind was clear. He was conscious of his surroundings.

Another hospital worker, Sheila, along with her colleagues' witnessed a remarkable crossing over of a dying patient that forever changed her views about death, dying, and the period of crossing over, causing her to look “upon her dying patients with new eyes and dignity.” Wills-Brandon details the story:

One night in 1982 she was working a night shift, attending to a man who was not thought to be in any immediate danger or extremely ill, when at about eight P.M., he began talking very lucidly about a loved one whom he longed to see. Sheila could not tell who this person was, but it was obvious that the man had not seen her in many years and never expected to do so again. The impression is that she must have passed away some years before…. At about 9:30 he began talking about this person again, and his vital signs also began to fall. Fearing the worst, more medical staff was brought in. The patient became wonderfully alert, as some people do very near the end. As time went by, it was clear he could see someone there whom no one else could see. Suddenly, his face lit up like a beacon. He was staring and smiling at what was clearly a long-lost friend, his eyes so full of love and serenity that it was hard for those around him to not be overcome by tears.

Sheila follows by saying “There was no mistake. Someone had come for him at last to show him the way.” Minutes later the man died, in a state of sublime peace and happiness.

It is not uncommon for personnel of medical settings to witness the events surrounding the dying of a patient. It is also not uncommon for them to witness unexplainable phenomena when such events do transpire.

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