Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience

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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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Chandra Moses, Chicago, IL
I used this booklet when my grandmother went into hospice. It actually calmed me down and helped me to understand what she had probably been going through for 4-6 months before we realized what was happening. I was a primary caregiver until she went into a hospice facility and we were given this booklet at that time. I used to read it daily and replay things she had done or said and I kept it with me at all times. When I would visit her in the facility, I would have my book. It was almost like a guideline through her final days. I am grateful for this booklet and I've recommended to a few people since. I am afraid to loan my copy out; it's tucked away with my grandmother's things. I will be ordering a few copies to give to others though. My grandmother passed 4/25/2015, so I am still very grateful for the support and peace this booklet gave me.
Joseph Nardone, Leicester, MA
This booklet was a great help for me and understanding what was happening to my wife. As I was at her bed side holding her hand, and yes, the steps in this booklet were right to the letter. It helped me understand what my wife was going thru. I still read it daily. And I know now that she is only "Gone from my sight" but she will live on in my heart, forever.
Bernita Greer, Memphis,TN
This booklet is a great resource. I was the caregiver for my Mom. My Hospice counselor give me a copy. I read the booklet and amazingly I witness everything describe in the booklet. Since than I have share this book with so many people. Though you will never be truly prepared this booklet blessed with strength to manage and handle my Moms transition. Wow! It has been 10 years and I still get emotional when I think about how this booklet helped me.

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