Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die

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     David Kessler, one of the most renowned experts on death and grief, takes on three uniquely shared experiences that challenge our ability to explain and fully understand the mystery of our final days. The first is “visions.” As the dying lose sight of this world, some people appear to be looking into the world to come.

     The second shared experience is getting ready for a “trip.” The phenomenon of preparing oneself for a journey isn’t new or unusual. In fact, during...

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Overview

     David Kessler, one of the most renowned experts on death and grief, takes on three uniquely shared experiences that challenge our ability to explain and fully understand the mystery of our final days. The first is “visions.” As the dying lose sight of this world, some people appear to be looking into the world to come.

     The second shared experience is getting ready for a “trip.” The phenomenon of preparing oneself for a journey isn’t new or unusual. In fact, during our loved ones’ last hours, they may often think of their impending death as a transition or journey. These trips may seem to us to be all about leaving, but for the dying, they may be more about arriving.

     Finally, the third phenomenon is “crowded rooms.” The dying often talk about seeing a room full of people, as they constantly repeat the word crowded. In truth, we never die alone. Just as loving hands greeted us when we were born, so will loving arms embrace us when we die.

     In the tapestry of life and death, we may begin to see connections to the past that we missed in life. While death may look like a loss to the living, the last hours of a dying person may be filled with fullness rather than emptiness. In this fascinating book, which includes a new Afterword, Kessler brings us stunning stories from the bedsides of the dying that will educate, enlighten, and comfort us all.

 

 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401925437
  • Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 210,120
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.34 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.

Kessler’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight; and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends. He has been discussed in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he is a contributing writer for Oprah.com as well as an AOL.com Health Expert. He has also written for The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and Anderson Cooper 360°.

 

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Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader xi

Preface xiii

Introduction xvii

Chapter 1 Deathbed Visions Up Close 1

Chapter 2 Believing the Words of the Dying 9

Chapter 3 Visions of the Dying: Part I 19

Chapter 4 Deathbed Visions in the Arts 47

Chapter 5 Visions of the Dying: Part II 59

Chapter 6 The Spiritual and Religious Visions 89

Chapter 7 The Journey of the Dying-a Trip of a Lifetime 115

Chapter 8 Crowded Rooms at the End of Life 131

Epilogue 152

Afterthoughts 156

Acknowledgments 163

Abuot the Author 165

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2010

    This Book Is A Confirmation Of What I Always Felt!

    This book is absolutely amazing in it's power to leave the reader with hope and enlightenment about a subject few of us ever want to face...death. This book is for anyone who has loved and lost a loved one and will confirm everything you have felt about those final moments. I'd also recommend that you buy "When God Stopped Keeping Score." It is an intimate look at the power of God and forgiveness and one that everyone deserves to read. Buy it and find out why for yourself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2011

    worth the read!

    This book had more to it than what i imagined:) I couldn't put it down! I like how it was organized, different beliefs in what happens at the end of life was acknowledged, and stories told. The first few pages seemed slightly dry, but once into the first story it was anything BUT dry! I came away with some new things to ponder and consider about the end of life, AND i was pretty inspired by people who work with hospice! I hope everyone who does that job has the right heart for it, like the people i read about in the pages:) Thanks to David Kessler for writing this story!

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    Confirmation and validation. A good read.

    Confirmation and validation. A good read.

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