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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Lisa Mcduffie Texarkana,Tx
This book really helped me to prepare for the journey that my granny was on,it prepared me and my mom to actually know what she was really going through and how long she had been going on her journey.
Very helpful, got me through a very difficult time caring for a very dear friend.
Heidi,Ridgeville South Carolina
When I first heard about my father cancer,I cry & cry.I don't think no one want to hear about no one sickness.But our dad was a strong man,he was in his seveny.He was an outside person still cutting the grass outside & changing my oil in my truck.His first year of treatment was a success.He could drive himself to his treatment & doctors appointment.I would come home from work & would tell me,some people say they be sick,but him no signs,he was full of energy.It did go away,but it came back & this time it wasn't good.Watching my dad deteriorate was hard.I thank hospice for everything they & especially our nurse.I never forget the day of December 26,2014,when the nurse came to see him,she ask us did we read the booklet Gone From My Sight,she was letting us know his time was coming.He died on December 29 2014.I didn't look or touch that book until she ask us that question.I read that book & everything it said did occur with our dad.That book help me with my grieving & I thank the author who wrote it.Today have been one year since dad have gone from our sight,but not forgotten.I keep this book on my night stand,when I think of him,I like to read it.