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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I was with my Aunt, who was like a mother to me, when she died this year. I have seen in my life causalities in war, people died in car accidents, etc. Seeing someone deteriorate right before me and my family was painful However I read your book, Gone From My Sight, a few times in the last few days of my Aunt’s life while she was in Hospice at Reid Hospital. The book was very spiritual on the dying experience with illness and disease.
Diana, CA
I remember this book from 5 years ago when my mom passed from cancer. This book eased my mind, and allowed my heart to let my mom go. This is a great book, the words helped me thru a very hard time in my young life. I miss my mom dearly. My brothers and I still have a copy of this.
Judy Goldthorp, Euless TX
As a hospice nurse for 23+ years, I provided many copies of "Gone from my sight" to my patients' families. All of them appreciated the information and found it easy to read and to understand. I remember one situation: the local family was expecting out-of-town family members and were worried about what the out-of-towners would think about the hospice care of their loved one. When I asked them how the visit went, they told me, "We just told them to sit down and read the Blue Book, and THEN we would answer questions. After they read the book, they understood what was going on and had very few questions." Although I am now retired, I ordered some "blue books" to have on hand, in case friends / neighbors are in need of them. I highly recommend these books.

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