"His Children Helped Him Come Back"
When I worked at Mt. Sinai Medical Center on South Miami Beach, we had a young father in ICU in a coma from a severe heart attack. His wife tape-recorded the children at the dinner table and brought the tape in with a boom box that we placed just beyond his head, taped to the headboard. We played the tape of noise and chatter of the children 24 hours a day until he awakened. He told his wife days later that he was in the tunnel the whole time but couldn’t go on because the sounds of the children’s voices kept bringing him back.
"My Own Father Says Good Bye"
And finally, there was my own father’s coma. His doctor said he was in a deep coma and would die within 48 hours. Talking to him, and stroking his hair, brought him out of the coma after about a half hour. He stayed out of the coma long enough to talk to us and give us stories from his memories that we could cherish.
"No One Dies Alone"
I have experienced people coming out of comas many times just before they die. And most of them tell me about deceased relatives meeting them, either standing at the foot of their bed and communicating with no words — heart to heart — or seeing them in heavenly landscapes. Perhaps this is why I believe/know that no one dies alone. It doesn’t matter if there isn’t another physical being anywhere around. There are Spiritual beings greeting them with the intention of guiding them, or, as my grandmother did, letting me know she’d be there when I returned.
Over the years many people have asked me to talk with them about death and dying. Sharing real-life stories like these with them and hearing their stories continually confirms to me that we neither live nor leave this life alone; even though it may not feel like it, you and I are never really deserted and without hope.
From The Natural Soul, by Barbara Whitfield
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