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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Faith Canali, Worcester, MA
My husband Tom had a stroke that left him paralyzed in 2006. He has been in a wonderful NH since 2009. He has been on Hospice since early 2014. He has lost almost 80 pds - and he has good days and bad. He is only 64. He knows me, but the last few days he has been very agitated and picking at bed clothes and air. I picked up the little blue book that was given to me, and the "signs" are there. I had read this months ago when he was declining and put it away as he "seemed" better - I went to see him today before work as the weekend was horrific for him and he was calm, and alert. I was so happy, but in retrospect - I know this can happen. I pray that God takes him in his time, not mine, but it is very hard to watch your love one whom you have been with since you were both 15 to waste away. This book is on my nightstand and I will keep it there as needed. God Bless, Faith
I read Gone From My Sight when my mother was taken off life support. The Hospice nurse gave us a copy of this wonderful little book and I realized that I saw my mom dying for 3 months. I cried as I read all of the things, words and symptoms that I saw in my beautiful mother over the course of 3 months. I wish I had this book before watching the dying process. I ordered 20 copies to give to my family and close friends as my gift to them. This little book should be on every bookshelf. I am forever Touched By People, Places and Things now that I know that I witnessed the dying process in its entirety. My mom passed away on 10/13/14 and I spent every minute with her. God bless you Ms. Barbara Karnes as you are a gift to us all. Thanks from the bottom of my heart in honor of my mother.
Tim Hinds
Very inspiring. It has really helped us through the dying process with my wife's mother. It served as a roadmap of what we could expect. We believe we are at the two week point now. But we have been here before. She gets really weak and in coherent eats almost nothing then all the sudden she comes out of it. But the hospice nurse helped us not to read too much into that. She feels strongly we are nearing or at end stage. Thank you Barbara for your angelic work.