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Trudy Harris began her career with Hospice in 1981, eventually becoming the president of the Hospice Foundation for Caring. This collection of more than forty true stories of Harris's patients offers readers an incredible glimpse at what lies beyond and what the living can learn from the dying. Her patients have described to her visions of angels and loved ones who have gone on before, the sounds of ethereal music, colors that did not exist on earth. She has been with hundreds of patients as they took their last breaths and knows the kinds of questions that both the dying and the loved ones they are leaving behind ask.
What do you say to a loved one who is dying?
What happens when we die?
How can you make a dying friend feel safe?
Does a dying person really see angels, hear music, or see friends and family members who have already died?
Tender, heartbreaking, and eye-opening, Glimpses of Heaven offers a window into the world beyond and life after death.
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"Who is the man standing by the lake?" Grandfather asked, pointing out of the window. "That's the weeping willow tree," I said to him. "I see the tree," he answered with a smile. "I mean the man who is standing underneath the tree, by the water? Who is he?" I looked but saw no one standing near the tree. That night while putting my youngest son, Ken, to bed, I told him what Grandfather had said. "Do you think he saw Jesus?" he asked. "I don't know," I replied. Later in the evening as we were preparing Grandfather for bed I relayed my conversation to Grandfather. "Ken wants to know if you saw Jesus under the tree tonight." "Yes, dear. Why?" he replied. He answered in that same sure, confident and matter-of-fact way that I have come to recognize and accept in people who are about to die. They seem to have spiritual eyes and ears, understanding things that we do not and having no fear of sharing them with us. Grandfather died that night, sitting in the recliner, overlooking the lake where he had seen Jesus, with family members taking turns by his side. When he took his last breath, and we realized it was his last, his wife, son, daughter, and I all found it comforting for some reason to pile into the king size bed next to his chair and fall asleep. It was three in the morning. I mention the time of his death only because when we called his nurse, Dottie, at seven in the morning, she said, "George died at three this morning, didn't he?" When we asked how she knew, she relayed her experience of waking up at three a.m. and hearing a voice say, "I've come for my servant George." In the early days 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.
"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.
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