Near Death Experiences
Death Bed Phenomena
In the 24 hours before patients deaths, they may experience and report to their carer a number of experiences very similar to the near death experience. They sometimes report being visited by dead relatives who seem to have come to smooth their path in the death process.
They may report that they have gone into, and then returned from, an environment which is similar to that of the near death experience. Sometimes carers of the dying say that they have heard 'heavenly' music or have been enveloped in a bright light as the patient nears the point of death.
Knowledge of the near death experiences and death bed visions helps both carers and the dying understand these phenomena as part of the dying process.