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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Shirley M. Jackson, Nashville,TN
I read that wonderful piece of literature yesterday while I was sitting with my very dear friend who is dying. It really touched me where I live. I decided that it would be a good booklet for me to have to read and perhaps inwardly digest what this little book says. It would be good for my little family to read as well. Thank you so much for taking the time to write what you do about the understanding of the dying process. My death is not imminent but I am 82 years old and one never knows.I feel it is progress when friends and family can say the word "dying" and feel okay about it. Thanks
sharon connell fsirview oregon
I was given this after my father had passed however reading it answered so many questions and really gave me insight into what the dying process consisted of especially was why won't he eat why does food not have taste Wish I had had it before hand
Lisa Mcduffie Texarkana,Tx
This book really helped me to prepare for the journey that my granny was on,it prepared me and my mom to actually know what she was really going through and how long she had been going on her journey.