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Dr. Paul Edwards describes the death of the lady with consumption

Identifier

023491

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Tis a pity she had such an idiot for a husband.

A description of the experience

From Light Magazine April, 1900

This was narrated by Dr. Paul Edwards:

While living in a country town in California about the year 1887, I was called upon to visit a very dear lady friend who was very low and weak from consumption. Everyone knew that this pure and noble wife and mother was doomed to die, and at last she herself became convinced that immediate death was inevitable, and accordingly she prepared for the event. Calling her children to her bedside she kissed each in turn, sending them away as soon as goodbye was said. Then came the husband's-turn to step up and bid farewell to a most loving wife, who was perfectly clear in her mind.

 She began by saying "........, do not weep over me, for I am without pain and am wholly serene. I love you upon earth, and shall love you after I have gone. I am fully resolved to come to you if such a thing is possible, and if it is not possible I will be waiting when you all come. My first desire now is to go. . . . I see people moving all in white. The music is strangely enchanting.

Oh! Here is Sadie; she is with me and she knows who I am." (Sadie was a little girl she had lost about ten years before.)

 "Sissy!” said the husband, "you are out of your mind."

 "Oh dear! Why did you call me here again?" said the wife. "Now it will be hard for me to go away again; I was so pleased while there it was so delightful, so soothing."

In about three minutes the dying woman added: "I am going away again and will not come back to you even if you call me.”

This scene lasted for about eight minutes, and it was very plain that the dying wife was in full view of the two worlds at the same time, for she described how the moving figures looked in the world beyond, as she directed her words to mortals in this world.

I think that of all my death scenes this was the most impressive - the most solemn.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans