Can a deathbed vision offer comfort?
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David Kessler
Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Today we often assume that the only thing available to comfort the dying is more technology or better symptom management. I believe that God and nature have already built in a means of comfort by providing us with visions, and who and what we see before we die is just as vital as the cutting-edge medical breakthroughs that will continue to advance the health-care industry.

While death may look like a loss to the living, the last hours of a dying person may very well be filled with fullness rather than emptiness. No matter how death unfolds for us -- whether we’re planning for a “trip” or gazing upon our loved ones or a crowded bedroom in awe -- our transition ultimately is a mystery. Sometimes all we can do is embrace the unknown and unexplainable.

The saying goes, “We come into this world alone, and we leave alone.” We’ve been brought up to believe that dying is a lonely, solitary event. But what if everything we know isn’t true? What if the long road that you thought you’ll eventually have to walk alone has unseen companions? What if who and what you see before you die changes everything?
Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die

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