Gone from my sight printable version
Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience by Barbara Karnes
When youre facing something like this and you feel so directionless, you need something simple, plain, logical like this booklet to get a handle on the situation, to lay steady groundwork when nothing makes sense. Some people try religion. Some need other or supplemental information or points of view instead of or in addition to religion. I dont know if the things it says are true, but this booklet was there for me when I needed it. I identified some of the things it said with my loved ones particular situation, but when I tried to tell others about what he was going through, the only thing they all said was, Oh yeah, those symptoms must be caused by the drugs. My psychologist and my best friend both told me that while they were trying to say something nice. Their comments really upset and alienated me from both of them though. I felt like they didnt know what I was going through. They hadnt read this same booklet that I had. No, my dying loved ones symptoms werent because of drugs. It was a whole spiritual process of self-reflection that he was going through. I know because the hospice gave me this booklet about it.
I like the poetic little story at the end and I do believe in the analogy it makes, but the physical descriptions about dying did not really apply to my loved ones situation even if it gave me comfort at the time to read this and pretend they did. The physical descriptions of dying probably do apply to a lot of others.
This booklet made a utterly wrenching experience for my whole family less painful and devastating.
Gone From My Sight Printable Version Elegant Four Things Poem by Henry Van Dyke Poem Hunter
You can order a copy online from gonefrommysight. When speaking with local support group members, I often refer to sleeping plus hours a day as a sign that death is getting closer. And I note that family members who are dying often start to withdraw from the ones they are closest to. One conversation I have had many times with local support group members is the anxiety and terror they feel when their family member stops eating or drinking. The minute presentation was recorded and edited; it aired on Community Television of Santa Cruz County.
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
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Luther F. At least three publications credit the poem to Luther Beecher in printings shortly after his death in However, it is often attributed to Henry Van Dyke , probably due to his name appearing as the author in a widely distributed booklet by Barbara Karnes entitled "Gone from My Sight. It is also often read at funerals and memorial services. I am standing upon the seashore.
Neither does it, because it uses metaphoric language, ignore the spirituality of dying and death, of fearing and preparing for the last moments with a loved one. Or for the first moments without that loved one. What do you get besides the childlike drawing of a boat on the front cover and a nice poem on the inside? In simple, honest language Karnes shared what to expect when someone dies. Though most hospice professionals are aware of this book, it was never written for the hospice medical insider. Nearly all of us avoid talking about death.