Gone From My Sight has ratings and 25 reviews. Zweegas said: When you’re facing something like this and you feel so directionless, you need somethin. Barbara Karnes, award-winning end of life educator and award-winning nurse, My neighbor gave me the 3 books, A time to live, Gone from my sight, The. Barbara Karnes, a hospice nurse, published what amounted to a fancy pamphlet in entitled “Gone From My Sight.” Millions and millions of.

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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. It is available on youtube.

Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience by Barbara Karnes

The online video is one hour and 36 minutes long. Note that you may need a handkerchief nearby when you are watching this. Gone from my sight: Dying is really the last act of living or the final challenge of living. Dying is part zight life.

Two stereotypes we all get from TV and movies: We approach a normal experience of our lives unprepared. There are only 2 ways to die — fast and gradual.

Gradual death comes in two forms — old age and disease. This talk focuses on gradual death. When it gets down to days, hours, and minutes, we all die the same, even fast death.

When it gets down to weeks, someone dying of disease may look a certain way. Someone dying of old age may have these same signs for months before death. This body is not who we are. All this body is is a vehicle to get around in on this planet. We can get out of this vehicle just as easily as we can get out of our car. We have limited control over the time that we die.

Beware of anyone that would put a number on how long we have to live. They are asking us to do the impossible. The closest you can get to determining to prognosis is months, weeks, days, or hours. For others of us, it will be our scariest, most terrifying work. It will depend on how we deal with other challenges in living. I will have my obituary written. It would be intolerable for an A-type personality to be in bed for 3 months.

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If you are with someone when they glne, it is because they wanted you there. I am really scared about from right now until I am dead. I would relax if I knew the date of my death and the manner of death. All their energy goes into this disease and froj. If dying from old age, add more time to these guidelines. Baarbara are going to stop eating meat beef, chicken, and fish. Then, soft things only are consumed. Americans can do ice karnees almost up until the end.

Then, Ensure-type supplements only are consumed. This is a normal, natural progression. The family often thinks the person is going to starve to death. Most people dying from disease or old age starve to death. That is part of the normal, natural way that we die.

We socialize over food. All by itself, the body will cut back and stop eating. When you are weeks from death, nothing works right. The body starts to shut down. People often talk about a feeding tube at this time.

If you start pouring in protein supplement, you are going to have more complications than benefit. Diarrhea, constipation, aspiration pneumonia. Mom will get dehydrated, and that would be a terrible death of suffering. Someone not taking in enough fluids for hydration is days or a week or so from death.

Gone From My Sight: The Dying Experience (The Dying Experience)

The water builds up and up, resulting in drowning to death. This is not a gentle way to die. Very painful as the skin stretches to accommodate the water. People feel like they are buried in concrete. Fill the sponge with water. Now the sponge is heavy. What is your death of choice? Most of us would say: When you become dehydrated, your electrolytes get out of whack and your calcium goes up.

When your calcium goes up high enough, you close your eyes, you go to sleep, and you do not wake up. God gives us an anesthetic to get us from this world to the next. We now have research behind this view. A person will start taking an afternoon nap. Then they are sleeping in the evening in front of the TV.

Then they sleep more than they are awake. When a person sleeps more than they are awake, their reality changes. The dream world becomes their reality.

In the weeks before death, our loved ones who have died before us, come to help us get to the next world. We do not die alone. It starts far away, and then it includes family members. They go completely within. They are letting go of their hold on this world, and they are building their place in the other world. Some dying people actually start pushing people away. We can deal with just about anything if we think that the outcome is a positive one.


In our society, death is viewed as a negative outcome. There are similarities between birth and death. We go through labor to enter the world and we go through labor to leave it. The difference is that the labor to leave this world is harder on us, the watchers, than it is on the person that is in the labor.

There are three things that affect the length of our labor: This creates a tension that locks us into our body. This is why the hospice philosophy is to medicate until death. The key to getting out of the body is to relax. If you are in pain, you are not relaxed. Religion often does a number on us in regard to fear.

If your religion teaches heaven and hell, and you think you are going to go to hell, you are afraid. Hospice is focused on letting the family have a sacred memory rather than a frightened memory.

A woman died as soon as the unfinished business was addressed. There is no perfect family. We are all walking wounded. There is no perfect anything. We are all dysfunctional. Hospice can help us stand up again and use our coping skills. Hospice does its best work when they can help the person live the best they can. And the family can be helped through this process as well. Hospice does its best work in the months before death.

When the person is dying, hospice can only address pain management. The key change that says that a person is dying because he looks different is when the person is sleeping with his eyes partially open and mouth open. It takes energy to shut your eyes and shut your mouth.