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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"Deeply touching and encouraging."—Publishers Weekly

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. These more than forty true stories 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781435150201
Publisher: Fall River Press
Publication date: 02/03/2014
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Prior to her retirement, 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 lives in Jacksonville, Florida, with her husband.

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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Glimpses of Heaven 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 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.
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.
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
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!
Sandra305 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Trudy's vignettes are beautifully written and we are there with her as she shares the final journeys of patients and family members. This is a book that could provide a great deal of comfort to friends and family members as they share the final days of a loved one. Highly Recommended!
Stitchreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The author details true stories of hope and peace at the end of life's journey. The author is a hospice worker. The stories are comforting, but I can't help wondering about all those who die unexpectantly and have no time to prepare for the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very comforting to read of all those who were not alone in their last days here on earth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very inspiring read by such a compassionate person. VJH, Missouri
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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.