Closer to the light : learning from children's near-death by Melvin Morse

By Melvin Morse

Tales of youngsters, as soon as clinically useless, regarding out-of-body shuttle, telepathic verbal exchange and encounters with lifeless associates and relatives.

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We did this because of the loving lie. " We wanted the parent to believe that everything possible was being done. Unfortunately, "doing everything" often meant taking dying children for a five hundred-mile airplane ride only to have them die alone, separated from their parents. I am not criticizing the airlift program, which is run by the most conscientious and professional doctors and nurses with whom I have ever worked. And indeed, we were responsible for several miraculous recoveries in which patients were revived and lived happily when we all felt that, if we managed to keep them alive, they would probably be brain damaged.

In the hospital, death is no longer the observance of a ritual over which the dying person presides, his friends and relatives gathered around him; rather it is a technical feat achieved when medical treatment is withdrawn. Today, in the great majority of cases, the dying person has already lost consciousness or is heavily sedated. " "Yes," replied Gawain. " Neither his doctor not his friends nor his priest knew as much as Gawain about how much time he had left. —La Chanson de Roland ---As French historian Philippe Aries said in a series of lectures on death at Johns Hopkins University, "Death has been dissected, cut to bits by a series of little steps, which finally makes it impossible to know which step was the real death, the one in which consciousness was lost, or the one in which breathing stopped.

It was an emotionally healing experience for a family that had been wracked by the cancer death of a son only the year before. The woman describes the experience: "In 1979, our son Tom died of leukemia at the age of ten. About a year later my mother became very ill with cancer and had to be placed in a nursing home. We visited her every day. "One day when we entered the room, she was talking to someone. She was looking at them as though they were standing right next to her, but we could see no one.

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