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Glimpses of Heaven: True Stories of Hope and Peace at the End of Life's Journey Paperback – April 1, 2008
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Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --From Publishers Weekly
'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. --Excerpt From Catalog --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
You MUST read this book if....
...You have a loved one who is dying.
...You, yourself, have a terminal illness.
...You have wondered what is happening in those final days when a loved one seems to bounce around between present reality and seemingly nonsensical statements or memories.
...You have wondered if God REALLY knows your name, your needs and your longings.
...You have doubted the existence of God.
...You want a book filled with first-person accounts of God's Mercy and love.
Only 188 pages long, each story can stand on its own merits. You can read one at a time and ponder its meaning or you can read it through in a day. No matter how you read it.......just read it.
And now at the end of their lives, they are preparing to be born to eternity - another entrance and another way. Your stories demonstrate very clearly how to help them along this part of the journey. Letting them fully live as they die. Surrounded by the love of family and friends and Hospice listening to their needs and concerns and helping everyone to work together emotionally, spiritually, and physically, in order to support the dying member to ease their entrance into eternity. Just as you did Trudy with your grandfather. I loved your story of your grandfather dying in his easy chair and after wards all the rest of you climbing into his bed and falling asleep. You were tired and you had all worked together for him. A job well done.
In one of your stories, the person dying said it was like moving from one room to the next. This comment reminded me of my mother's death in 1979. Being a nurse and believing in Hospice, I was able to completely hear what she wanted and support her wishes. She was amazing at the way she looked at her death. So calm and so ready. She was a very devout Catholic and ready to meet God.
She left me a wonderful legacy as your stories do for all your readers today. A lot of people are not aware of these things and this is why I am so grateful you wrote your book. This is also why I got involved with a Hospice in 1979 which eventually became Hospice of Northeast Florida.Read more ›
Trudy is truly an angel with a message everyone should receive.
Edry Rowe Surrency
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having lost my 40 year old son to cancer 3 years ago, I found this book so re-assuring and comforting. God is always pursuing us as long as we have an ounce of breath in us. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Carol
These are stories taken from a hospice nurse's experiences in a hospice setting. This is interesting reading, well written but somewhat repetitive. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Matilda de Nada
This is a nice enough book, but it will probably not help as much as you hope (the heaven angle is oversold). Read morePublished 20 days ago by H. Panzer
Love some of the stories. Really like anything of this nature. Some of the stories weren't as attention getting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by startupnow
This book was excellent. If anyone has experienced the loss of a loved one these true stories will help them feel the connection and understand the journey that takes place... Read morePublished 2 months ago by awesome3421
Really liked this book a lot. I love heaven books, especially the Bible.Published 2 months ago by Karen Zerbonia
Very nicely written book. I enjoyed it very much. Written by a lady who is a hospice nurse, I believe. Her experiences are kind, deep, spiritual, sensitive. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Luchi1012