Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey

Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey

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by Trudy Harris RN
     
 

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Trudy Harris began her career with Hospice in 1981, eventually becoming the president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. This collection of more than forty true stories of Harris's patients offers readers an incredible glimpse at what lies beyond and what the living can learn from the dying. Her patients have described to her visions of angels and loved ones who

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Trudy Harris began her career with Hospice in 1981, eventually becoming the president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. This collection of more than forty true stories of Harris's patients offers readers an incredible glimpse at what lies beyond and what the living can learn from the dying. Her patients have described to her visions of angels and loved ones who have gone on before, the sounds of ethereal music, colors that did not exist on earth. She has been with hundreds of patients as they took their last breaths and knows the kinds of questions that both the dying and the loved ones they are leaving behind ask.
• What do you say to a loved one who is dying?
• What happens when we die?
• How can you make a dying friend feel safe?
• Does a dying person really see angels, hear music, or see friends and family members who have already died?
Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, this New York Times bestseller offers a window into the world beyond and life after death.

Editorial Reviews

Veteran registered nurse Trudy Harris wasn't easily convinced about the miraculous qualities of near-death experiences. "In the early days," she writes, "I only smiled at such things, not really believing them. It took me thirty years of caring for dying people to know that those happenings are as real as anything you will ever experience in life." In Glimpses of Heaven, the former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring shares breathtaking stories of visions that occurred after the heart stopped. Ethereal testimony vividly rendered.
Publishers Weekly

As a hospice nurse and the former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring, Harris has seen more than her share of death. In this collection of 44 real-life stories, she shares her own journeys with patients in their final days with an eye not only to what the dying experience, but what those last days, weeks and months may teach those of us who walk with them. Regardless of our lifelong faith, or lack thereof, Harris believes, most dying people come to experience God's unconditional love and his desire to welcome us home, a point illustrated by the book's stories. Many of the shorter two- or three-page stories lack enough detail or new information to be thought provoking or spiritually nurturing, but Harris's longer anecdotes, like those about her grandparents, are deeply touching and encouraging. Those attending a dying person will find examples of ways they may listen to and be helpful to them. Those who wonder about what their own journey toward death may be like will find in these stories a demystification of the last days of life on earth and future glimpses of heaven that offer comfort and hope. (Apr.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780800732516
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
82,751
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)

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Bob Losure
As I read this book, I cried, I laughed, and I thought of my own mortality. What wonderful stories Trudy has given us, and what a wonderful gift to those who will read this book. --Bob Losure, former CNN Headline News anchor

Meet the Author

Trudy Harris, RN, is the New York Times bestselling author of Glimpses of Heaven and More Glimpses of Heaven, a former hospice nurse, and former president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. Since retirement, Harris remains active in connecting the needs of terminally ill and dying people in her community with the hospice program she knows can best meet their needs.

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Glimpses of Heaven 3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 38 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now I know why the free sample did not contain any stories, just a lot of hype about how great the book is. You are led to believe the book contains stories of dying people seeing visions of Heaven, describing what they see of the future, and having conversations with people who have already passed on. I am on page 75, and so far have read 2-3 page stories of no such thing. These are nothing more than short stories of people dying, but not about any "Heavenly" events taking place or conversations with deceased relatives.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently finished reading 'Glimpses of Heaven' by Trudy Harris, RN and just felt compelled to write and tell you that from the beginning to the end I was totally moved by each heartwarming story of each persons encounter with his or her final journey. I especially enjoyed how the author truly became part of each family helping and guiding them to see and feel the joy of their loved one's passing from one life to another, helping them all to realize that they will see each other again. And that death although very sad she reminds that God is Good giving joy to the dying and peace to the living.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Glimpses of Heaven opens a window to a world that every one of us will experience one day whether through our own death or the death of someone we know. It provides a view into what those who are dying see, feel and hear in the moments before they pass. What makes it inherently readable is the fact that these stories are real as told to the nurse at their bedside. They are real in the fact that there is a measure of confirmation about what they say they are seeing and what we (I) can only consider at this stage in life. What will it be like...who knows until you are confronted by death? What is comforting is the consistent message that what truly matters in life are those things that we all know TRULY matter in life, family, love, friendship, a belief in God, etc. but often take for granted. The take-away is simple. Do not wait until the end to appreciate the present. This book should be required reading for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One always wonders what a dying person is feeling. Upon reading this book, it gave me a peace of mind that the person dying is at peace with the world and him/herself and enters their physical ending of life as we know it in a comforting state of mind. This book will make you become teary eyed and makes you thankful for every day that you have.
MichaelEgbert More than 1 year ago
I first heard about Ms Harris' book after reading a story about her in the April 2010 edition of Guideposts. I found a great deal of comfort and solace in the stories Ms Harris wrote describing those glimpses of heaven her hospice patients expressed in their last days. My parents and siblings have all made that journey into Heaven and I've known they were all together and waiting for my arrival. Ms Harris' book has reaffirmed that belief. Thank you Ms Harris for your devotion and I hope that if I am allowed to die gracefully that someone such as you will be there with me at the beginning of my journey. I highly recommend this book for all to read.
mistralPG More than 1 year ago
This read was very profound, warm and and touching, I coudln't wait to meet each new person. My heart was touched forever!
GreatScott More than 1 year ago
Having read quite my share of books about death and dying, this one was one of the biggest disappointments since 'Embraced By The Light'! I bought this book expecting to read stories of people who had legitimate glimpses of the afterlife just before dying, but what I got was a bunch of stories from the NURSES perspective--and the NURSES interpretation of those experiences--not from the patients' The description of this book on the back cover is very misleading and borders on decieving. This book basically adds up to a twisted version of "Chicken Soup for Friends of The Dying Soul". While some stories are heartwarming, the book basically adds up to a bunch of stories that try to make people "feel good" while providing absolutely ZERO concrete evidence for the afterlife. If you are looking for stories of NDE's from a Hospice perspective, do NOT buy this book. If you are looking for 'feel good' stories this might be your thing
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome book Trudy has an angel which GOD has sent to her. This book took me into the last moments of my mother's life, the changes she endured, the love she gave, the love for her grandchildren and great grandchildren and for her off spring. Yes it made me cry but one thing for sure is that GOD loves all his children. Thank you Trudy I believe this book was put into my life as a revelation from GOD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish had read this before my parents died, did do a few things. Told my Mom it was ok to let go and we would take care of Daddy and I would be ok. No Hospice for either one, not sure why we could not get, but that is over now. Highly recommend the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thank you for a true heart warming reading experience! And a vivid view of things to come!
cricket-j More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent sharing of experiences with those who are entering the final stages of their earthly lives. I am grateful for the way these stories affirm my experiencs as a hospice nurse,and in my pastoral ministry!
Amy Vanness More than 1 year ago
I lost my husband a year ago at the young age of 27. This book helped to put my mind at ease. I highly recommend it!
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Through each of the true stories, you get a look at the process by which we will all pass through when it is time for us to cross over. So many fear the dying process of the unknown now we know that there is a available new life and all the loved ones waiting in line behind our beloved Jesus.
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FE_in_AZ More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book of memories from the author. As I begin to relax from my day, I read a few stories each night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a heartfelt, book that will touch your heart. It is true to hospice experience, I have shared. Wether you have lost someone or still have not been touched by loss, this book will change your outlook and be a source of hope and strength.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for this book. After reading several books on NDE's (Near Death Experiences) I was assuming or expecting that this book was on the same order or subject matter, not so. I found this book to be rather depressing instead of 'up-lifting" in that it was about dying terminally ill patients with no hope of recovery. The focus was on the author/nurse and how her guidance of these patients led them up to accepting death, even though many were previously 'non-religious' or faithless. Too many individual stories that were repetitive.
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I read this book after my daughter passed away, helpful.