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

by Trudy RN Harris, John Burke

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Drawn from her decades of experience as a hospice nurse, Trudy Harris shares stories that offer an incredible glimpse at what lies beyond this world--ethereal music, colors that did not exist on earth, angels, and loved ones who have gone on before. She has been with hundreds of patients as they took their last breaths and knows the kinds of questions that both the dying and their loved ones ask: What happens when we die? What should I say to a loved one who is dying? How can I make a dying friend feel safe? The stories she shares will bring the reader comfort and peace even amidst pain.

Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, this expanded edition of the New York Times bestseller offers more incredible windows into the world beyond and life after death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493406296
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/14/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 150,623
File size: 3 MB

About 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 need.

Table of Contents

Foreword 12

Acknowledgments 14

Introduction 17

Daddy "Martin said it's time to go" 21

Mary Anne "Why did God let me live longer than the doctors said I would?" 27

Grandfather "Who is the man standing down by the water?" 32

Frank "My son is here with me now; he said it's time to go" 37

Brian "You know I love you so much" 39

Gloria "I'm going to go now; bye-bye" 43

Joshua "You mean I don't have to stay, Peter?" 46

Sally "He wanted her to see herself as beautiful one last time" 49

Alex "I am ready to meet my Commander now" 52

Elliott "Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground" 55

Dolly "Heal the brokenhearted, bring comfort to those in pain" 58

Henry "I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me in a way I had never experienced before" 61

Jack "I can see the tapestry of my life" 65

Karla "It is not good for man to be alone" 69

Marian "I have never known my mother to have such peace and calm" 73

Gerald and Mary "Walk on into heaven now, Jesus is waiting for you" 76

Jackson "Do you know how much God loves you?" 80

Hank "You didn't tell me, did you? How did you keep it a secret?" 82

Merideth "I can't die until I see Walter" 85

Ralph "My wife always wanted me to go to church with her, but I didn't. Just stubborn, I guess" 87

Carl "Soon you will be with Jesus in heaven" 91

Louis "He doesn't look like Daddy anymore" 94

Delia "You'll come to me when it's my time; I'll depend on you" 98

Krista "She loved him as deeply as Mary loved Jesus" 101

Robin "Love must be like this, and it must be good" 105

Tim "I have my peace now, Trudy" 110

Jess "I think he sees Jesus" 116

Johnny "But suppose I just don't believe in Him, what then?" 120

Father Jack "Yes, I remember you well" 124

Richard "What should I tell her? What will I say?" 128

Zach "He knows, he knows" 132

Eileen "Is it true that only Catholics can pray with Catholics?" 134

William "Can you stop by for a cup of coffee this morning?" 137

Lorrain "Every year in February one yellow rose blooms" 143

Joel "This is where God really lives" 145

Sam "He looked at her with about as much love as I have ever seen in one man's eyes" 148

Madeleine "Oh, ma mère" 150

Hannah "OK, I'm going; don't rush me" 155

Frederick "If I saw Jesus like you did, would I cry too?" 158

Aunt Helen "George, do you know a priest who will come to see me?" 162

Diane "What would you think if I told you that God has chosen to heal my soul and my spirit but not my body?" 166

Grandmother "The tail boat is here" 172

Mommy "George, take me to John now, please" 182

Maureen "Mommy is sitting on the foot of my bed right now" 192

Conclusion 203

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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.