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The light is usually described as bright and white and associated with strong feelings of love and compassion

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021541

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The Art of Dying – Drs Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick

What is especially interesting about light at the time of death is that occasionally people who are sitting with the dying do see the light, as though they are somehow sharing the same vision. This is a phenomenon often reported by carers or relatives as well as by the dying themselves. The light is usually described as bright and white and associated with strong feelings of love and compassion which at times permeate the whole room. It is often described as emanating from or surrounding the body, and it usually lasts over the time of the death process.

Suddenly there was the most brilliant light shining from my husband's chest, and as this light lifted upwards there was the most beautiful music and singing voices, my own chest seemed filled with infinite joy and my heart felt as if it was lifting to join this light and music. Suddenly there was a hand on my  shoulder, and a nurse said, 'I'm sorry love. He has just gone.' I lost sight of the light and music, I felt so bereft at being left behind.

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Ordinary person

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Observation contributed by: Neffy Limb