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Reaching Out

July 11, 2010

Just before his heart beat its last beat, he reached out his hand. It had been at least two weeks since he had moved at all. He had not as much as lifted his finger. He was confined to a hospital bed. His throat punctured and fitted with a trach. He eyes never focused on any certain person or thing. Whether or not he was aware of anything or anyone, no one was sure. He was in a state of limbo. Not here. Not there. Not living. Not dead.

The mysteries which surround the process of death are immense. Only the person experiencing this process can solve these mysteries, but usually they are too far gone to verbally relay the experience to their loved ones. So we are left wondering what it is like, this process of death. What does the mind see and know during this time? Do you see God? His He calling you to come home to Him? Are you bargaining for more time on earth? Or are you ready to leave this world of sickness and sorrow? Are you holding on for your family’s sake because you hear them grieving? Are you waiting for that one person to come and visit before you can let go? Are you waiting for your wife, daughter or son to tell you it’s okay?

He took two deep breaths then reached out his hand as if someone was taking him by the hand. His heart stopped beating. He died. Did God take him by the hand to lead him on to his heavenly home? We will not know until it is our own time to die.

*With great sympathy and in memory of  a loved one who passed away last night.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 11:29 pm

    wow, this is beautifully written.

    and about the eyebrows (not that the subject ties into this at all but…) I think waxed eyebrows are very attractive! I’ve just been so nervous to do it because I’m terrified I’ll walk away from it and have nothing left and never be able to get them back to normal! My luck, I’d get the wax-happy eyebrow shaper 😉 LOL. I just thought it was funny that this chick did not want to back down, she really wanted to wax my eyebrows 🙂

    • July 12, 2010 2:08 am

      Thank you 🙂

      I completely understand the nervousness of too much waxing. Geeze that would be a mess!

      Thanks for the comment 🙂

  2. July 12, 2010 11:46 am

    The mystries of death is something that has been hard to understand for centurys.But I think that people in comas or near death are aware of what is happening,also I think that God quickens the mind just before death ,so as to connect with him when you enter his realm. Why would God not reach out to those who love him to welcome them home.The other comment that you made when a person is near death sometimes fight the end and it is ok to tell them to turn loose,Ihave heard of this several times. Good article lot of indepth thoughts.

    • July 12, 2010 9:16 pm

      Thank you. I agree completely with you that God “quickens the mind just before death.” I’ve heard many people tell of watching their loved one regain awareness just before death. I enjoy your comments 🙂

  3. July 16, 2010 4:21 am

    Nice read. First off, I’m sorry for your loss. My great-grandpa did something similar to this. Right before he died he woke up and looked up a little and smiled. With a peaceful look on his face he passed away. I don’t know what he saw or heard but whatever it was, I hope the same happens to me.

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    • July 17, 2010 10:33 pm

      Thank you and I appreciate your input 🙂 It’s great to hear others have been through a similar experience 🙂

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