Seeing the Light: End-of-Life Experiences—Visions, Energy Surges, and Other Death Bed Phenomena

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Abstract

Spiritual care is an integral part of multidimensional palliative care and a major domain of care identified in definitions and guidelines. Death bed phenomena include visions, dreams, hallucinations, and premortem energy surges, which can be deeply spiritual experiences. Death bed occurrences are often a source of consolation. However, they have been underrecognized. The last hours of life are sacred; as holistic, multidimensional practitioners, nurses should remain open to experiences not easily explained within a traditional medical model. As the most consistent caregivers, nurses assess, recognize, and validate such experiences to assist patients in finding meaning, comfort, and a peaceful end-of-life.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)489-500
Number of pages12
JournalNursing Clinics of North America
Volume51
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

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Keywords

  • Death bed phenomenon
  • End-of-life dreams
  • Hallucinations
  • Premortem surge
  • Visions

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  • Nursing(all)

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Seeing the Light : End-of-Life Experiences—Visions, Energy Surges, and Other Death Bed Phenomena. / Wholihan, Dorothy.

In: Nursing Clinics of North America, Vol. 51, No. 3, 01.09.2016, p. 489-500.

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