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she is gone!", there are other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" And that is dying. NOTES. Gone From My Sight. I am standing upon the. Many hospice organizations distribute the blue booklet “Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience” by Barbara Karnes, a hospice nurse. Gone From My Sight book. Read 26 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the.

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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. May 19, Zweegas rated it liked it. When you're facing something like this and you feel so directionless, you need something simple, plain, logical like this booklet to get a handle on the situation, to lay steady groundwork when nothing makes sense.

Some people try religion. Some need other or supplemental information or points of view instead of or in addition to religion. I don't know if the things it says are true, but this booklet was there for me when I needed it. I identified some of the things it said with my loved one's p When you're facing something like this and you feel so directionless, you need something simple, plain, logical like this booklet to get a handle on the situation, to lay steady groundwork when nothing makes sense.

I identified some of the things it said with my loved one's particular situation, but when I tried to tell others about what he was going through, the only thing they all said was, "Oh yeah, those symptoms must be caused by the drugs. Their comments really upset and alienated me from both of them though.

I felt like they didn't know what I was going through. They hadn't read this same booklet that I had.

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No, my dying loved one's symptoms weren't because of drugs. It was a whole spiritual process of self-reflection that he was going through. I know because the hospice gave me this booklet about it.

I like the poetic little story at the end and I do believe in the analogy it makes, but the physical descriptions about dying did not really apply to my loved one's situation even if it gave me comfort at the time to read this and pretend they did. The physical descriptions of dying probably do apply to a lot of others. This booklet made a utterly wrenching experience for my whole family less painful and devastating. May 01, rdmickey rated it really liked it.

We were given a copy of this while my husband's father was in palliative care during the last week of his life. I read the small book many many times over the final days.

I understand that everyone steps to the end are different, but this was such a great resource for my husband and I. Many things I could relate to and we lived through. Two years later, I am looking for the book to give my mother as hospice has been called in for my grandmother.

Worth every penny. May 20, Tom Schulte rated it really liked it. Thoughtfully and respectfully written, this slim chapbook contains an RN's carefully considered experience on the dying experience; physiologically and behaviorally. There is real value here for someone confronted with an unfamiliar experience of a loved in hospice. Jun 12, Elizabeth rated it it was amazing. As a hospice nurse we supply this book to our families who have loved ones who are terminally ill.

I cannot tell you how invaluable this little book is.

It answers alot of the tough questions families do not know how to ask. It is honest and gives a time line of the symptoms one will experience when getting close to passing away. I always hear the same things from my families " I wish I had known about this book sooner then I would of realized more of what was taking place with so and so. I use it daily and it is truly an asset in the hospice setting.

Dec 17, Vannessa Anderson rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gone From My sight was an important and informative read that educated readers concerning the dying experience.

Gone From My Sight contained nothing but the facts from a Registered Nurse who had probably witnessed many deaths. Gone from My Sight will be helpful to those who want to understand when it is time to let go of their love ones because they will know what it looks like.

Feb 14, Nancy rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a short pamphlet style of book which succinctly explains the dying process for people who have not witnessed death before. As a social worker, I use this book on a regular basis to give to families on hospice care to explain the process. May 22, Nozomi rated it really liked it Shelves: Henry van Dyke's short story, which this pamphlet was named for, makes it worth it.

Jun 19, Jennifer Morefield rated it it was amazing. The day after Easter, she had a stroke. She was evaluated for a week in the hospital and doctors discovered that she has metastatic colon cancer that has moved to her lungs. She returned to her home with hospice care waiting for us.

She was given months to live. She is passing to the later stages of the death process and will not be with us much longer. I have appreciated this book. May 29, Songbirdlinda2yahoo. Com rated it it was amazing. An outstanding resource that is very short, very clear and very helpful in our understanding the signs of later life and the approach to the transition from this life to the next. It gave me a sense of peace and preparation so that when Daddy crossed over, I saw it as a gift to witness; not something to fear.

Sep 20, Hyacinth rated it it was amazing Shelves: Excellent resource on dying and its process. I read one similar if it was not this one when my dad died. I found myself nodding at the process as it happened. When my stepmother died, I began looking for "the little blue book" because I couldn't remember its name. When I happened upon it, I had to order it. This is the book. Feb 22, Mary Perdue rated it it was amazing. Someone not taking in enough fluids for hydration is days or a week or so from death.

The water builds up and up, resulting in drowning to death. This is not a gentle way to die.

Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience by Barbara Karnes

Very painful as the skin stretches to accommodate the water. People feel like they are buried in concrete. Fill the sponge with water. Now the sponge is heavy. What is your death of choice? Most of us would say: When you become dehydrated, your electrolytes get out of whack and your calcium goes up. When your calcium goes up high enough, you close your eyes, you go to sleep, and you do not wake up.

God gives us an anesthetic to get us from this world to the next. This is controversial. We now have research behind this view. A person will start taking an afternoon nap. Then they are sleeping in the evening in front of the TV. Then they sleep more than they are awake. When a person sleeps more than they are awake, their reality changes. The dream world becomes their reality. In the weeks before death, our loved ones who have died before us, come to help us get to the next world.

We do not die alone. It starts far away, and then it includes family members. They go completely within. They are letting go of their hold on this world, and they are building their place in the other world. Some dying people actually start pushing people away. We can deal with just about anything if we think that the outcome is a positive one.

In our society, death is viewed as a negative outcome. There are similarities between birth and death. We go through labor to enter the world and we go through labor to leave it.

The difference is that the labor to leave this world is harder on us, the watchers, than it is on the person that is in the labor. There are three things that affect the length of our labor: This creates a tension that locks us into our body. This is why the hospice philosophy is to medicate until death. The key to getting out of the body is to relax. If you are in pain, you are not relaxed. Religion often does a number on us in regard to fear.

If your religion teaches heaven and hell, and you think you are going to go to hell, you are afraid. Hospice is focused on letting the family have a sacred memory rather than a frightened memory. A woman died as soon as the unfinished business was addressed.

There is no perfect family. We are all walking wounded. There is no perfect anything. We are all dysfunctional. Hospice can help us stand up again and use our coping skills. Hospice does its best work when they can help the person live the best they can.

And the family can be helped through this process as well. Hospice does its best work in the months before death. When the person is dying, hospice can only address pain management.

The key change that says that a person is dying because he looks different is when the person is sleeping with his eyes partially open and mouth open. It takes energy to shut your eyes and shut your mouth. The breathing may start and stop. Or the breathing may be puffing…now the person is agitated and restless. They are picking at their clothes. They are picking at the air. Now they know they are dying.

They may not share this. They are fighting sleep. They are fighting death. This restlessness can be lack of oxygen. A fever goes with dying. Nothing bad is happening. This is normal. They may have a fever, and then in 30 minutes they are cold and clammy. It all comes and goes because the lightbulb is flickering. Congestion may come and go, depending on how hydrated they are. Such a machine only makes them more uncomfortable. This congestion is part of the normal way people die. The fingers, the toes, the heels are going to look bluish and dark, almost black.

Purple blotchy ring around the knees — more advanced mottling. We can deal with anything if we know what to expect. Our imagination or fantasy of what this experience is going to be like, is far worse than reality. Nothing bad is happening here. Our normal breathing is times a minute. A dying person breathes short, rapid, shallow breaths.

All of this together is saying that the body is in distress. The heart cuts back circulation to the arms and legs. They can be moving or talking. Most people are just going to be lying there.


Some will be moving and agitated. They are non-responsive to their environment.