There have been stories about deathbed visitations going back far into human history, perhaps all the way back to the beginnings. When a person is close to death either from an illness or simply advanced age, many receive visits from loved ones, both family and friends, who have already passed. A majority of these visitations are positive ones in which the dying person receives comfort about leaving their physical existence, knowing that they will soon be reunited with loved ones which they had lost. It is also a comfort, knowing that those who have died have at least some ability to watch over those of us who are still around.
As stated above, most of these visitations are positive and comforting. However, there are some which are not. Some people, typically ones who have done terrible things in their lives, see things which frighten them instead of things which give them comfort. By terrible, I’m not talking about the usual things which could have been done better which we all have some of. I mean truly terrible…criminal things, violent things. They usually either do not relate exactly what they are seeing or they describe dark, scary looking beings. Personally , I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to have this type of vision right before death.
Who knows exactly what happens after we die. I personally believe that there is more to come after we leave this life, but I do not have the vaguest idea of what it is. There are a lot of ideas and theories out there, and yes I have entertained some of them. I just haven’t made any conclusions. As for deathbed visitations, some people say that these are hallucinations. I cannot dismiss them as such both because I have heard so many stories, and due to my own experiences with the paranormal. There are too many stories, which are way too alike for me to call them hallucinations or wishful thinking on the part of the dying.
To see artwork which goes with this work, click here to go to the blog of Evangeline who I am collaborating with for this year’s A to Z!