Indeed, they do. My mother (83 years old) passed away at around 1:30 early this morning. What I have to share is an objective report from a dedicated spiritual-scientific researcher.
Mom had been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer (metastasized to both the liver and the bone). The saga of her (our) experiences with the medical establishment, and later, with hospice, are another story! She went down hill very quickly in the past week, and I knew that the time was drawing near when I saw her on Monday. But I was still quite shocked to see her condition yesterday afternoon when I arrived at her board and care.
I was with her all afternoon into the next day, giving her hourly doses of morphine. At about midnight I concluded that she had moved to a different stage in the process and did not require another dose. She was still breathing. I was tired, so I laid down on the carpet in the room and pulled a coat over my head. I didn't actually think I would be able to fall asleep, but I did.
What happened next is a purely spiritual experience which could easily have been missed. In fact, I might have missed its significance but for a remark the hospice nurse (who came after I phoned the hospice that she had passed) made.
I awoke suddenly, my eyes opening synchronously with the inner experience of awakening. I saw a nightlight shining from the bathroom directly in my line of sight. At just a fraction of a second after seeing the nightlight I heard a voice say, "I'm going now" or "I've gone now." I heard it, but had I been more engaged in thinking I would have said "what?", the way that you do sometimes when you think you haven't heard someone, say "what?", then realize you really did hear what the person said. I heard it, but I didn't immediately recognize the voice as my mother's. I pulled myself off the floor and turned around in the direction of my mother's bed. The thought went through my head, "it looks like she's still breathing." Unlike the first voice, this voice I recognized as my own inner thought.
I moved closer to her and then realized that she wasn't breathing anymore. The thought that she had passed didn't immediately hit me with terrible force. I just grew in the conviction that this (the absence of visible respiration) did indeed mean that she was "dead." I called the hospice.
When the nurse came she confirmed that death had occurred. I felt mom's arm and it felt cool. I remarked to the nurse that when I woke up and saw that she was not breathing, I felt her arm and it was warm, but that it felt cool now. She said, "because she had just passed. Many times family members are awakened by the spirit as it departs." That's when it clicked that it was my mom who was telling me that she had crossed over and was ready to go. I probably would have forgotten that I heard this "mysterious message" in my haste to return to the mundane reality of the physical body and the plans that would then have to be undertaken.
I'd like to know if others have had similar experiences with parting messages.
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