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Visions, Trips, and Crowded Rooms: Who and What You See Before You Die Paperback – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
David Kessler is one of the most well-known experts and lecturers on death and grief. His first book, The Needs of the Dying, a #1 best-selling hospice book, received praise by Mother Teresa. His services have been used by Elizabeth Taylor, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Marianne Williamson when their loved ones faced life-challenging illnesses. He also worked with late actors Anthony Perkins and Michael Landon.
Kessler’s work has been featured on CNN, NBC, PBS, and Entertainment Tonight; and he has been interviewed on Oprah & Friends. He has been discussed in The New York Times and The New Yorker, and he is a contributing writer for Oprah.com as well as an AOL.com Health Expert. He has also written for The Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, and Anderson Cooper 360°.
Top Customer Reviews
It is a very quick read. Each experience is short, descriptive and to the point. Most of the people were happy to write of their experiences with the dying because they could maintain anonymity. However, their lives and beliefs were challenged and often changed because of these experiences.
The book is definitely worth reading and giving extra thought to. In many ways it's very comforting.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who knows suffering from the death of a loved one. I found it amazing that the dying don't find it a frightening experience, but a comforting one instead. They reach up to the ceiling towards someone we can't see with smiles on their faces.
I too had the experience of seeing someone die, though I wasn't actually at the bedside when my husband's grandmother passed over. I was in the funeral home getting ready to sing Amazing Grace, and while in prayer (I was praying hard not to mess up the song) I saw a vision of my husband's grandmother laying down to take a nap because she was so tired. When she woke up she was amazed at how well she felt. She looked up and saw someone I couldn't see, and to me she looked young and had dark hair(something I'd never seen her with) and she was sitting up within her old body. Then she looked back and saw her old body and smiled and looked back up at whoever and that's when it ended.
Needless to say I thought I was just seeing things, until I started reading about other deathbed visions and all of them are reaching upwards to someone or something. Knowing this validated my vision of which I've never forgotten down to the last detail.
It's so wonderful that people like Kessler dedicate their lives to this subject. He probably has no idea how many people he's helped.
When I Dream
"It's fear that I see in the eyes of my patients and their family members: the fear of saying good-bye, the fear that this life is all there is, and the fear that they'll never see each other again. At times, however, something extraordinary happens. This book is about those extraordinary times."
There is an introduction, eight concise chapters and an epilogue. Each chapter begins with a quote by a famous person to pique the reader's interest. The author writes in an engaging, direct, friendly and informative style. Despite his vast expertise in this field, he connects with the reader by using easy-to-understand terms and analogies. One enlightening feature was the number of discussions the author had with medical professionals. Many were reluctant to share their experiences with death and dying; however, their observations provided the reader with an intriguing perspective.
Powerful Personal Stories
One recurring theme in this book is the generous amount of personal examples. The author shared his own grieving process as a child when his mother passed, and then as an adult with his father. There were many more anecdotes from professional caregivers, hospice workers, clergy, doctors, nurses and family members provided in poignant detail. These recollections provide a sense of comfort to the reader and also reinforce the notion that we do not die alone. My favorite stories were "A Mother's Visit" by Clara and "A Visit from Above" by Theodore.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book changed my view about death. I took a training with David Kessler on grief when this book first came out. Read morePublished 14 days ago by C. Peterson
I have just completed the book and found it fascinating to say the least.Published 28 days ago by Erin
Fascinating read...I read it at my Mother's bedside while she was in hospice care. I liked the broad-spectrum, crossing all barriers aspect of the book. Well done!!Published 2 months ago by Mary-Lynn from Boston
I must say that it got me thinking - but I'm glad that the book was relatively short. Very repetitive and full of hear-say. I remain unconvincedPublished 2 months ago by Bruce Shore
Extremely good book. Saw David Kessler in person at a conference. Amazing view on life. Use the information daily in Hospice.Published 3 months ago by Carol Losch
Not enough written about visions trips and crowded rooms. Anecdotal evidence is well presented but too much of the book is devoted to other matters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by cathryn chinn