Witnessing Death

There are some intense feelings to experience as you are present with someone as they go from life to death.  Depending on how you are related to the one dying, the feelings will be experienced at various levels of intensity.

I observe a lot of sadness, some really great humor or even a reminiscing that sparks a celebratory appearance.  That ever-present moment (or ten minutes before the last death) is amazing to watch.  Individuals are just doing what they need to do before the end has arrived.  Opportunities are soon to be over.

Observing patients and family in these moment is remarkably honoring, intimate to say the least.  I wonder if I am closer to God when I see someone die…wondering what the dying person sees from their point of view…wondering what God sees!

I mean really, maybe it is just one awesome break through rush and relief!  Either way, witnessing death is a thought-provoking emotional experience.  Affected for life!

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About jackiebates

Experience: Registered Nurse 31 years Hospice Nurse 6 years Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse 4 years Caring for the dying is a passion that continues to grow and motivate me in life. Their intimate situations has allowed me a unique opportunity to help facilitate what others and I can learn about real life. Please teach me, challenge me and help me help others. All material written is copywritten 2011
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