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Sun Mar 8, 2020, 08:06 PM

31. Thank you for sharing this

with us. I recognized so many parts of what you described from my own experience when my mother died 8 years ago at age 90 (ovarian cancer) , and when my nephew died 52 years ago at age 2 (incurable childhood cancer).

When I was with my mother in the hospital, she told me she was hallucinating because she saw and heard things that no one else did. Mentally, she was sharp and alert. But she said the room was filled with people. Having heard of this kind of experience about people near death, I asked who they were. She said she could not see them clearly enough to identify them, but she "just knew" they were waiting for her.

She also reported hearing the most beautiful music, beyond anything she had ever heard or anything anyone could imagine. She loved music, had a beautiful, strong soprano voice, and, although not a professionally trained singer, she often sang for weddings and benefits. Her father had been a professional musician in Sousa's band.

Her doctors suggested medical explanations that the hallucinations were caused by mental and physical deterioration. But, she was mentally lucid and rational when reporting them, completely aware of where she was and who was physically in the room visiting at the time. She knew that she was the only one seeing and hearing these things.

When my nephew died at age 2, and 4 months sooner than the doctors had projected, my sister was staying with my brother and his wife to help with their 3 year old while they took care of the 2 year old. She slept on a cot in the kids' room.

She later (after the funeral) reported to us what happened on the night that the younger one died. He was in the hospital at the time for overnight care, which was part of a regular routine and was expected to go home in the morning. My sister said the whole household was awake around 4 am. She could hear my brother and sister-in-law talking down the hall. The 3 year old told my sister that his little brother was there to say good-bye. She thought he was confusing a dream and the frequent hospital stays with reality. She said his brother would be home again in the morning, like before. But he told her, "No, he says he can't come home any more." She decided to drop it rather than try ro reason with a 3 year old in the middle of the night.

Witin 5 minutes, they got the call from the hospital.

There is no rational explanation for it. I am sure my sister reported it accurately because she was explaining to us why the 3 year old was telling people that his brother visited him to say good-bye. It was unnerving to hear him say this with innocent confidence.

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