Glimpses of Heaven
By Trudy Harris

A "Death Is Near" Experience

Several years ago a dear friend was very ill and not expected to live. She, her daughter and I had traveled together to see a healing priest and she told me later that she knew God had healed her soul and her spirit while she was there, but was not going to heal her body.

She and her loving husband had exhausted every avenue known to them, all to no avail, and although she was only 42 years old, she knew she was going to die. She had left the Islands, where she had undergone experimental therapies, and had gone home to prepare to meet her God. Her daughter called to tell us that she was very peaceful.

While I was standing in the kitchen a day later preparing supper, the back door flew open and a soft breeze passed behind me and moved down the hall. I remember turning toward the movement and saying, “Oh, Diane.” I did not understand anything at the time since it was before my hospice days, but I knew it meant something important. I turned to my children and told them that dad and I needed to leave right away to go to see Diane and since they were old enough to be left alone, we were on the road within the hour.

Whatever told me that Diane was about to die I was not sure, but I knew it was imminent. As evening approached and the skies darkened, I suddenly saw a shooting star flash across the sky with all the beauty and power imaginable. I asked my husband to pull over at a phone at the side of the highway. He did so without asking me why.

Within minutes I was speaking to a nurse who had been caring for my friend in her hospital room. He hesitated when I admitted we were not family members but I am sure he heard the urgency in my voice when I said, “Did Diane just die?” “Yes,” he said, “just a few minutes ago.” We do well to respond right away when we hear the gentle whisperings of the Spirit.

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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"Whatever told me that Diane was about to die I was not sure, but I knew it was imminent."

"Several years ago a dear friend was very ill and not expected to live."

Perhaps that's why she thought Diane was about to die?

Are there any stories about people who thinks someone is going to die but they didn't? No, wouldn't be much of a story would it?

We forget about all the times we are wrong in our feelings but of course remember the one time by coincidence we might be correct.

She already knew that death was very likely for her friend. A better story would be if her healthy friend died in a car crash and she knew about it before she heard. Even that, though could be attributed to coincidence or "back filling" where someone unintentionally later fill something in their memory that didn't really happen.

Beautiful story by Trudy Harris. My, how SPECIAL we are
to our Lord. Any more stories like this one about "Diane?"