Can You Foresee The Death Of A Loved One… and Choose The Exact Moment You Die? These Accounts from an Intensive Care Nurse Will Astonish You

Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Dying, NDE, & OBE, Reality's Edge with 0 Comments

Dailymail | Jan 29th 2014

Near-Death-Experience_IllustrationFour years ago, children’s author Shelley E. Parker suddenly had a strong premonition that her fiancé was about to die. This made no sense at all. If anyone was going to die, it was more likely to be Shelley herself, as she was seriously ill with cancer.


But that night in hospital, her premonition was reinforced by a bizarre dream in which she met God.

She recalled every moment of it when she woke: how God had told her that it was time for Steven to go, and turned down her plea to take her instead.

At noon the next day, Steven, who was a helicopter pilot, was killed in a crash.

‘I now wonder whether I could have stopped him dying if I’d told him,’ says Shelley, 41, who lives in Farnworth, Lancashire. ‘But I don’t think I could have.’


There was no doubt in Shelley’s mind that she’d somehow tuned in to the future. Ten years before, she’d had another premonition — this time about a little girl.  The healthy three-year-old was the child of friends and Shelley had seen her only a few times. One night, she had a ‘very vivid’ dream about her.

‘I was walking along a path and in front of me was this little girl with her auntie,’ Shelley recalled. ‘I’m not sure how accurate the image of the auntie was, as I’d never met her or seen photographs of her — I just knew that she’d died about 20 years previously.

‘She smiled and telepathically told me all was well’

‘The aunt said she was there to take the little girl to heaven. The child was dressed in pink and had a pink bucket and spade and glitter make-up on the side of her face. She was very happy and dancing around.

‘I woke up the next day and felt really unsettled. I thought about phoning the little girl’s father but then thought better of it, trying to rationalise that it was just a dream. That feeling of anxiety lasted all day.’

That evening, Shelley went to dinner with relatives. At one point, she glanced at her watch. It was 10.10pm.

‘Suddenly, all of the unsettled feeling and anxiety just fell away and I thought: at last I’m starting to relax.’

The next day, she learned that the little girl had died the night before — soon after 10pm. The cause of her death was a mystery.

Should we dismiss Shelley’s premonitions — and many others I’ve been told — as macabre coincidences? Or could they be a genuine phenomenon, experienced far more than people imagine?

Consider the case of Janice Wright, a British woman who was visiting friends in Virginia, USA. In the middle of the night, she told me, she’d suddenly snapped wide awake.

In her bedroom was her childhood nanny, whom she hadn’t seen in years, though they still corresponded.

‘In real life, she was well over 80,’ said Janice. ‘But in the vision, she was ageless and surrounded by an immensely bright light. She smiled at me, put her hand out and telepathically told me all was well.

‘I was shocked and stayed awake. The next morning, I told my hosts I thought my old nanny had died.

‘Later that day, a cousin called from England to tell me that’s exactly what had happened.’

How can we explain such accurate premonitions? Sadly, science has not even begun to find answers.

Similarly, no scientific theory has yet come close to explaining why a few people have near-death experiences — which can include visions of tunnels, bright lights and meetings with dead relatives.

Indeed, that was one of the problems facing me when I embarked on a PhD on the subject. Throughout my research, I was also working as a nurse in the intensive care ward of a British hospital. I was therefore able to learn at firsthand about some of the seemingly inexplicable events that can occur just before death.

Throughout Dr Sartori's research, she was also working as a nurse in the intensive care ward of a British hospital (file photo) and was able to learn at firsthand about some of the seemingly inexplicable events that can occur just before death

Throughout Dr Sartori’s research, she was also working as a nurse in the intensive care ward of a British hospital (file photo) and was able to learn at firsthand about some of the seemingly inexplicable events that can occur just before death

To my mind, however, it’s too easy to label these as paranormal or supernatural.

Instead, I’m increasingly open to the possibility that our brains are separate from our consciousness. In other words, the brain may be channelling what some people call the soul, rather than responsible for creating it.

As a theory, it deserves scientific investigation. If proved, it would explain, for instance, why enhanced consciousness can be experienced separately from the body.

And it would also help account for the extraordinary phenomenon known as ‘shared death experience’.

This is admittedly rare, but two separate cases have been reported to me by relatives who were present at a deathbed.

‘I saw this tall man reach out to embrace mum’

The first took place in 2004 in the north of England. A dying woman in her 70s was unconscious in a hospital, with her family around her bed. Her husband, Peter, and son, Harry, were holding her hands, and her daughter, Gail, had placed a hand on her forehead.

Subsequently, I interviewed both Peter and Gail separately about what they’d seen. According to Peter, he suddenly noticed a bright light a little distance away. As he watched, a tall man stepped forward from the light with his hands outstretched. Then his unconscious wife seemed to rise from her bed and walk towards the man.

‘He was waiting there as if to give her a welcoming hug; there was a sense  of peace and love,’ Peter recalled.

His daughter, Gail, appears to have had a fuller experience of the same vision. ‘All of a sudden, I could see Mum walking into the distance on a path,’ she said. ‘Around her head was like a sun, and on her right-hand side, I could see the silhouette of some people.

‘[Then] I saw this tall person — I don’t know who he was. When she reached him, he took her into his arms as if in a warm embrace that was full of love.

‘Mum’s breaths got shallower. And then there were no further breaths and the scene disappeared.’

One man Dr Sartori spoke to said he had seen a tall man step forward from a bright light, as his dying wife seemed to rise from her bed and walk towards him

One man Dr Sartori spoke to said he had seen a tall man step forward from a bright light, as his dying wife seemed to rise from her bed and walk towards him

Naturally, the family was devastated at their loss. But, unlike Harry, who’d seen nothing at all, father and daughter had what Peter described as ‘big smiles on our faces’.

‘There’d been such sadness leading up to my wife’s death — then this [vision] happened,’ he said. ‘The nurses and ward sister must have thought we were very insensitive because we felt this sense of elation and happiness.’

In the second case, a woman in her 40s called Laura was holding her mother’s hand as she started slipping into a coma. Then, suddenly, Laura said, her mother rose from her bed and began walking away. After just one pace, though, she turned around.

‘She looked so happy and well,’ said Laura. ‘Then she said: “Go back now — it’s not your turn.”’

When Laura next looked at her mother on the bed, she was in a deep coma. She died three days later, without regaining consciousness.

‘He was making gestures to some invisible person’

I’ve since been told of several such experiences. What makes them particularly fascinating is that they can’t simply be dismissed by cynics as the product of a malfunctioning brain.

Why? Because, unlike conventional near-death experiences, they happen to people who aren’t close to death themselves.

But what about Laura and Gail’s mothers — the people who actually died? Were they, too, experiencing the vision? Evidence from other cases seems to suggest they were.

My first encounter with deathbed visions in hospital was when I was a student nurse arriving for a  morning shift.

‘Billy’s in bed six — he’s been talking to his dead mother since three o’clock this morning,’ said the night-shift nurse. ‘He’ll be gone by the end of the day.’

After the handover, I kept my eye on Billy Jones, who was 78. He appeared to be asleep, but throughout the morning, he was making gestures to some invisible person and seemed to be speaking to his mother.

The last time I saw him, he was asleep with a big smile on his face. He died a few hours later.

This was my first encounter with death in a hospital — and it wasn’t long before I, too, could sometimes predict when patients were about to die. Like Billy, they’d start calling out and gesturing to some invisible presence.

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