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Doris died, at half-past two, exactly the time my pain went

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021343

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A description of the experience

The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

June Sullivan:

A dear friend of mine, considerably older than me, had been in poor health for some time. She had always professed a great deal of affection for me, having known me since childhood, and I had always visited her regularly in her home. On a certain Friday, a mutual friend telephoned me to say our friend had been taken to hospital, but was 'comfortable', so we arranged to meet the following afternoon to visit her.

That night I awoke with severe pains in my chest which persisted for a couple of hours, although I never felt the need to call for any help. Suddenly, and quite miraculously, the pain went and I took myself to bed, glancing at the clock and putting my discomfort down to indigestion.

 At about 5.30 the following morning the phone rang and my husband answered it. Doris died, at half-past two, exactly the time my pain had gone. I learned later that the surgeons had tried for two hours to save my friend's poor heart and their efforts had ceased at 2.20 and she died a few minutes later. I have always felt that for those two hours Doris was trying to get in touch with me.

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Observation contributed by: Francis Keeble