She said her dead sister Alice would come for her the next day at 2.30 p.m.
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The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick
A further account, which illustrates the uncanny accuracy of the estimated time of departure sometimes indicated by these visitors, was given to us by Mrs Judith Wilson, who used to work in an old people's home:
One lady was fading at the age of 97, just slipping away. She was talking to someone, we could see her doing it but no one was there.
We asked her later who it was and she said it was her sister Alice who had died, six months previously. She said Alice would come for her the next day at 2.30 p.m. I started work the next day at 2 p.m. and asked, 'Is she still here?' I was told she was dying, and as I was new to the job, someone would stay with me and see me through the death experience. Just before 2.30 p.m. she opened her eyes briefly, whispered 'Alice', held out her hand and passed away peacefully.
Mrs Wilson also witnessed a lady telling a relative not to visit the next day as 'she wouldn't be here' and she died in her sleep. Another carer in a residential home also commented that 'this sort of thing happens all the time'.
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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble