Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

Light Surrounded Him Before His Death

Dear Trudy,
My father passed away suddenly three years ago from an accident. He was only 60 years old and full of life.

The morning of his accident, my dad came into the kitchen to give my mother a kiss before he headed out to do some yard work.

My mom told me later that he looked so happy, and that she could see a wonderful warm light around him. Of course at the time she thought nothing about it.

My father was working on the roof of my parents’ house and unfortunately fell and was badly hurt. He passed away peacefully in the hospital with all his family around him the next day.

Do you think the light that my mother saw around my father was Jesus’ way of letting her know that he was about to be called home to heaven?

Cynthia M.

Dear Cynthia,
Thank you for the beautiful letter about your dad. Although it is very sad to lose a parent so young, you know for sure he is in heaven now and did not have to suffer long. His reward is eternal peace and comfort with God.

I have seen the glow you speak of many times around patients just before they die. They often look as if they already have one foot in heaven, they are so peaceful. They develop an otherworldly look about them that appears to be so pure and holy. Their eyes often shine brightly and they look very happy.

How wonderful that your dad kissed your mother before he went outside to fix the roof. He left her with such a loving memory. God is so close to people as He calls them home that I often think it is His reflection that we see when that glow appears. How good He is to have allowed her to see your dad in this way just before he died, and to be comforted by that understanding.

Trudy Harris

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Trudy Harris, RN, is the author of the popular Glimpses of Heaven and More Glimpses of Heaven. Although now retired, she was a hospice nurse and president of Jacksonville's Hospice Foundation for Caring where she raised more than $45 million in capital contributions. You can find her on Facebook!

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I was not a chaplain at that time.
When, My wife and I were struggling with spiritual problems.
We prayed for the truth about the church we were attending.and decided to leave, that church. This was Back in winter in Ohio 1970.
That night we were awoken by a warm pink glow of light filling the room.
No light from outside could come into that room. Because of the heavy curtains and blinds on the windows. Because, I worked midnight shift
some times.

My husband had a glow 25 minutes before he died, but I did not know what it was. He came back from morning walk, and his face was warm, bathed in soft glow, and was so pretty. I drove him to store to get a car lite, and he had massive heart attack and died at the store. I was so glad I was with him.
Now that I look back, I know it was God calling him up to heaven, and that gives me peace. vickie in Florida