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

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"There is no such thing as time," the patient said. "Dying is like walking from the living room into the dining room. There are no beginnings and no endings."

Then he closed his eyes for the last time.

Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, Glimpses of Heaven gives you an intimate look at the final thoughts, words, and visions of terminally ill and dying people. Through the eyes of former hospice nurse Trudy ...

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Overview

"There is no such thing as time," the patient said. "Dying is like walking from the living room into the dining room. There are no beginnings and no endings."

Then he closed his eyes for the last time.

Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, Glimpses of Heaven gives you an intimate look at the final thoughts, words, and visions of terminally ill and dying people. Through the eyes of former hospice nurse Trudy Harris, you'll experience more than forty true stories that paint a reassuring picture of life's end.

You'll marvel at how patients received exactly what they needed to see or hear in order to die peacefully and well. And you'll find great hope and peace in knowing that God goes to great lengths to redeem, comfort, and prepare His children to come home.

Whether you are facing the death of a loved one or confronting a terminal disease, Glimpses of Heaven will touch your heart and reassure you of the great love and peace God longs for you to receive.

"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

Trudy Harris, RN, is a former hospice nurse and president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. Taking on additional roles in marketing, public relations, and fund-raising, Harris raised more than $45 million in capital contributions for HFC. She is now retired and lives in Florida with her husband.

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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.
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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: 4/1/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 93,048
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Trudy Harris, RN, was a Hospice nurse and president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. Taking on additional roles in marketing, public relations, and fundraising, Harris raised more than $45 million in capital contributions for HFC. She is now retired and lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband.
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Table of Contents

Foreword     13
Acknowledgments     15
Introduction     17
"Martin said it's time to go"   Daddy     21
"Why did God let me live longer than the doctors said I would?"   Mary Anne     27
"Who is the man standing down by the water?"   Grandfather     32
"My son is here with me now; he said it's time to go"   Frank     38
"You know I love you so much"   Brian     40
"I'm going to go now; bye-bye"   Gloria     44
"You mean I don't have to stay, Peter?"   Joshua     47
"There's an angel who comes and stands by my bed"   Lenora     50
"I know where I'm going, and I'm not afraid to die"   Gene     52
"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground"   Elliott     55
"I want to have everything in order; will you help me?"   Steven     58
"Pray with me again, honey"   Robert     61
"I can see the tapestry of my life"   Jack     64
"There it is. I can see it. It's beautiful"   Mark     68
"I have never known my mother to have such peace and calm"   Marian     71
"Will you let me know whenit's my time to go?"   Lennie     74
"Do you know how much God loves you?"   Jackson     77
"You didn't tell me, did you? How did you keep it a secret?"   Hank     79
"I can't die until I see Walter"   Merideth     82
"My wife always wanted me to go to church with her, but I didn't. Just stubborn, I guess"   Ralph     84
"Soon you will be with Jesus in heaven"   Carl     88
"He doesn't look like Daddy anymore"   Louis     91
"You'll come to me when it's my time; I'll depend on you"   Delia     95
"The kingdom of God is at hand"   Kathleen     98
"Love must be like this, and it must be good"   Robin     100
"I have my peace now, Trudy"   Tim     105
"I think he sees Jesus"   Jess     111
"But suppose I just don't believe in Him, what then?"   Johnny     114
"I want to see every pretty thing in my new home"   Margaret     118
"I always hoped I would see you one more time before I died"   Katy     122
"He knows, he knows"   Zach     125
"Is it true that only Catholics can pray with Catholics?"   Eileen      127
"Can you stop by for a cup of coffee this morning?"   William     130
"Every year in February one yellow rose blooms"   Lorrain     136
"This is where God really lives"   Joel     138
"He looked at her with about as much love as I have ever seen in one man's eyes"   Sam     141
"Oh, ma mere"   Madeleine     143
"OK, I'm going, don't rush me"   Hannah     148
"If I saw Jesus like you did, would I cry too?"   Frederick     151
"Large tears were flowing gently from his closed eyes"   Ira     155
"George, do you know a priest who will come to see me?"   Aunt Helen     159
"What would you think if I told you that God has chosen to heal my soul and my spirit but not my body?"   Diane     163
"The tail boat is here"   Grandmother     169
"George, take me to John now, please"   Mommy     179
Conclusion     189
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Decieving Description

    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.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2008

    A reviewer

    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.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2008

    eye-opening and powerful

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2010

    Peace of Mind

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2010

    A retired police officer

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Astounding read! I enjoyed every page and story to the fullest!

    This read was very profound, warm and and touching, I coudln't wait to meet each new person. My heart was touched forever!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    Nydia Rodriguez

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2010

    Would not recommend

    The title is deceiving. The stories are about people's feelings and events as they face terminal illness. I was anticipating more of an NDE theme.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Highly recommend, you never know when you will be there.

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

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    Having read quite my share of books about death and dying, this

    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

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    Thank you for a true heart warming reading experience! And a vivid view of things to come!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Don't miss this one!

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 29, 2011

    very comforting book

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2014

    If you believe this to be true, this is very comforting.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Fair Reading Material

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Interesting read

    I read this book after my daughter passed away, helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    Not what I expected

    I was expecting was a book about near death experiences.
    This book is mostly about the final interactions of dying people with their family and friends.
    While the stories were nice and heartfelt, I almost felt like I was being preached to.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

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    Inspiring

    Wonderfully written accounts of faith and dignity.

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    Posted August 8, 2011

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