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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Sherry Pritchard, White Sulphur Springs MT
This booklet was given to me when my husband went into hospice. He died so quickly I read it only after he passed away. I realized how good it was and have been loaning it out to people ever since. My husband did not read Gone From My Sight and did not know it existed. His very last words were, "The ship is coming." I still get chills when I think of that moment.
donna ticknor carrollton va.
my mother just passed away 1/14/2015 from lung cancer my sisters and i would never of made it with out this book. it informed us on so much on what to expect to on to know how to deal with the stage's. Mrs Debbie Boyd of the Newport News Riverside Hospice Agencies was with us the whole 6 weeks my mother had to live, she gave us this book and i will always have her in my heart for being there thank you
Andrea Schwartz, Bossier City, LA
This little booklet was given to us when Mom entered Hospice care. I sincerely urge you to purchase a copy, especially if you have ill or elderly loved ones. Mom experienced almost all of the things mentioned by the author. This booklet gave us peace of mind, and helped us to understand the mysteries of death so much better. We now realize many of the symptoms we had been trying to cure were inevitable signs of her going home.