Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience


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Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience









Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience is well known in end of life education as “The Little Blue Book.” This was the first, the primary source, and remains the most widely used patient/family booklet on the signs of approaching death. It also contains Henry Van Dyke’s poem about death.
The biggest fear of watching someone die is fear of the unknown; not knowing what dying will be like or when death will actually occur. The booklet Gone From My Sight explains simply, with no medical terminology,  the normal process of dying and stages of approaching death from disease.
Dying from disease is not like it is portrayed in the movies. Yet movies, not life, have become our role model. Death from disease is not happenstance. It doesn't just occur; there is a process. People die in stages of months, weeks, day and hours. Having this knowledge will help address the fear of death and dying that most of us bring to the bedside of a person approaching death.
Gone From My Sight is literature used to reduce fear and uncertainty;  to neutralize the fear associated with dying. It is designed to help people understand dying, their own or someone else’s.
Use this guideline while remembering there is nothing concrete, all is very flexible. Any one of the signs in this booklet may be present, all may be present, none may be present. For some it will take months for others only minutes.
The most frequently asked question I get from families is “How long?” Gone From My Sight will give as close and accurate an answer to that question as can be provided.

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Theresa Corigliano, Los Angeles, CA
Cannot express how much this book helped at a difficult time. It gave us peace.
Christine DeCarli, Phoenix, AZ
My brothers and I received this beautiful little book from the palliative care team when we honored my mother's wishes not to be kept alive when there was no longer hope of recovery or quality of life. We needed something to ready ourselves for her death, which we just couldn't wrap our hearts or minds around. In our own ways, we each took from this book what we needed and what we hoped would help us help each other through mom's decision. It allowed us to understand the process and stages, what to expect, and more than anything paved the way for us to talk through what we were seeing and understand the "normalcy" of it in such an awful time. I've ordered copies of this and several of the other books, and given them to friends who I know will have some hard losses themselves. Thank you for easing our minds and giving us some comfort.
Kris Barker, Sunnyvale, CA
My sister, an oncology nurse, gave this to me after my husband passed away. For me this has been a source of comfort and I have read it often during these last two years since I lost my husband. The fear of him dying was terrifying but after reading this I realize he was preparing for his death well before I would have imagined. Thank you so much for writing this it, took my breath away and allowed me to breath easier at the same time.