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This book shares David's wisdom and his love, and helps all of us who enter unknown waters. Louise L. Hay Extraordinary and touching...a heartwarming and life-affirming book. Kindred Spirit Magazine David Kessler writes of a world that is rarely talked about, much less examined with such sensitivity. His stories reveal dimensions of the death experience that are anything but depressing, and at times absolutely joyful. In a book filled with intriguing and inspirational tales, Kessler makes a compelling argument that death is not the end. Marianne Williamson --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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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°.

 

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; Reprint edition (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781401925437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401925437
  • ASIN: 140192543X
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Samurin on May 31, 2010
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Before the mother of a friend of mine died, she told her daughter she was about to take a trip. Knowing this, attracted me to David Kessler's book. He, himself, is very interesting but the stories of the experiences of health care workers of all kinds was more than interesting too.

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.
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FINALLY someone has captured what so many of us believe to be true and even more of us have witnessed as our loved ones pass away. And regardless of whether or not you believe in the idea that there is a universal, common and beautiful experience as we pass on, there is an undeniable take away from Kessler's work... enightenment and hope. That's one reason I love this book. (My husband, the biggest skeptic of all, was blown away by this work. And it has opened up a wonderful dialogue between us--another reason I love this book!) Kessler's authentic, compelling and beautifully written stories allow us a peek into what is an inevitable time in all of our lives, the end of it. And if you don't already believe, you may very well be convinced. WOW!
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I didn't know that there were Federal Rules of Evidence that say that a death bed confession is to be taken as the truth. David's Kessler's book Visions, Trips and Crowed Rooms is so comforting for anyone who's ever lost a loved one which probably means all of us. He fills the book with the visions of the dying from his work as a nurse and and co-authored two books with the pioneer of books on death and grief, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross.

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.

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Iloved this book.I have read many on this subject. This one gives hope and comfort to those who may be taking care of friends or loved ones who are preparing to leave this mortal sphere .I have always felt that to learn of death and dying is to learn how better to live.
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I've read a TON of books on the afterlife and near-death experiences as well as books on the pre-death experiences. This book, while not my absolute favorite, definitely held my attention. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. The fact that I got through the entire book without rolling my eyes or feeling dejavu because it was just like every other book I've read on the subject says a lot!
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David Kessler is a respected grief counselor and author. His life's work treads gently but powerfully on a correspondingly taboo and eternal topic: death and the grieving process. In his latest work, Mr. Kessler describes what people feel and see as death approaches:

"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."

Organized Format

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.
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