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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tonya atchison Columbia sc
My mom passed in August 2014 and this nook was included in the hospice pack. After I read it...pieces of the puzzle began to come together. She had slowly been drifting away from me slowly. This book gave me great comfort,thank you.
Jessie Ornelas, Torrance, CA
My family and I read this booklet when my mother was in hospice. For me, I found that is spoke to me, to allow my mother to go on her path to God and not force her to 'be her own self'. We stopped begging her to eat, to chat, to act alive live before; she was now in her 5th year of dementia. Thank you for giving us 'permission' to let go and allow her to journey in her own way to die. I offer this booklet to others who don't understand and I hope this brings them understanding and compassion and let go too.
Gail Nguyen, Parker, CO
My father just passed away 3 days ago, and I felt so blessed to have gotten him to hospice in time for him to spend his last hours in comfort, rather than in the ICU at the hospital. He was dying from end stage heart disease and had other serious health problems as well. Our wonderful hospice nurse gave me this booklet to read while at his bedside. I was filled with fear and concern for what he was experiencing and what I was witnessing. This booklet helped explain what was happening and gave me much insight as to what had been happening in recent weeks and months. It was like everything started to make sense. Like others have said, I wish I had this book before we landed in hospice. It is very true that dying is not like what we see in movies and I believe the better prepared we are to witness the end of someone's life, the better we can go through the journey with our loved ones. Thank you Barbara Karnes for this gem of a book.