Snell, Joy – Ministry of Angels – She died of consumption and without sufferings
Type of Spiritual Experience
also quoted in Ernesto Bozzano - Psychic phenomena at the moment of death [110 cases suggesting survival after death] Third category Cases in which other people, collectively with the dying person, perceive the same ghost of the deceased.
36-th case. - Recently, a small book with metapsychic content was published in England by Mrs. Joy Snell, who, after working as a licensed nurse for some twenty years, recounts her own experiences as a sensitive clairvoyant at the bedside of assisted countless patients. The book is interesting, striking and informative.
On the subject of her deathbed experiments, the author observes that most patients die under conditions of comatose torpor, unable to feel or express any emotion. But there are many exceptions to the rule, and quite often, regardless of the physiological conditions of the dying person and his or her state of mind, the dying person sees personalities next to his or her bed who he or she recognizes, but who are invisible to others.
The day came, however, when clairvoyant faculties developed into Mrs. Snell and at the same time as the dying, she saw the spiritual personalities who came to welcome them and help them in the "great passage".
A description of the experience
Joy Snell – Ministry of Angels
The first time I had this eye-proof, it was on the death bed of Miss L., a gracious girl of 17 years old, who was my friend, and died of consumption and without sufferings; but the extreme languor of the body rendered her morally fatigued and desirous of eternal repose.
When her supreme hour arrived, I saw two spiritual forms beside her, one on the right, the other on the left of the bed. I did not realize they were in there. When they became visible to me, they were already at the side of the dying woman. I saw them as distinctly as living people. I referred to these radiant entities as angels, and henceforth I will call them that. I immediately recognized in these angelic forms two young girls who had been in their lifetime the best friends of the patient, both of her age.
A moment before their appearance, the dying woman exclaimed: "The darkness has suddenly come; I cannot see anymore". Despite this, she saw and recognized her friends right away. A smile of supreme joy illuminated her face and, extending her hands, she said happily: "You came to fetch me? I am very happy because I am tired."
And while the dying woman held out her hands to the angels, they did the same, the one shaking her right hand, the other the left. Their faces smiled even sweeter than the one that lit up the dying woman's face, joyful to find the repose she was longing for. She did not speak any more, but continued to hold for a minute or so her arms raised to the sky, with her hands clasped in those of her deceased friends; while not for a moment she kept contemplating them with an expression of infinite happiness. At one point, her friends abandoned her hands, which fell heavily on the bed.
The dying woman gave a sigh, as if she were quietly falling asleep, and after a few moments her soul left her body forever. But on her face was engraved the sweet smile that had illuminated when she saw at her side her two deceased friends.