The Dying Expericence…
Today I was cleaning out some of my filing cabinets and stumbled upon a small book I was given by hospice shortly before my mother passed away. A flood of emotions came back as I flipped through it’s short, yet impactful pages.
The book was written by Barba Karnes, RN. In a nutshell it prepares the loved ones that will be left behind what will happen physically and emotionally to the patient that is transitioning between worlds.
Gone From My Site has a peom on the last page of it. This I must share with you.
“I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and the sky come to mingle with each other.
Then somone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in the mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear th eload of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminshed size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when somone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her comng, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”
And that is dying. – Henry Van Dyke
Visit http://www.bkbooks.com to get your copy.
Be blessed and take comfort in knowing they are not gone, just gone from your site.