Question about God and terminally ill people

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  1. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    Okay, bear with me..I'm not convinced where I'm going with this yet :blink:
    Firstly let me say that personally I dont believe in God, but I have a question for all the people here who do.

    Do you believe people who are termimally ill, and have a strong religion, can ''sense'' when something is going to happen to them?

    The reason I'm asking is my Nan has a terminal illness and a strong religious belief. Just recently she has started acting oddly. Last night she told me she woke up and felt like she was ''floating'' like she was above the bed and not in her body :blink: She's also asked for a priest to come and see her at the house and has been talking loads about finding her birth certificate as we are ''going to need it soon.''

    Do you think maybe she 'senses' something is about to happen? Do you think she is basically 'imagining' these things as she finds it comforting? Or do you not know and wish I would shut up :laugh:

    Any help/opinions would be of great help here please
     
  2. ~Nobody~

    ~Nobody~ Well-Known Member

    I think someone who is termally ill, whether they have a religious belief or not, often know when 'their time is near'.

    I know my grandma did.

    But then she may just be imagining it. I guess you'll never know. If she finds it comforting then I suggest you humour her either way, the most important thing is that she feels comfortable physically and mentally.

    I'm sorry to hear that you are in a situation like this at all. I found it so hard with my grandma. If you want someone to talk to about it then I'm here :hug:.

    ~Nobody~ x
     
  3. Tara

    Tara Guest

    sorry to hear about ur nana :hug:
     
  4. resistance

    resistance Staff Alumni

    I don't know if God has anything to do with it. I don't know if my step-mum was religious, but early last year she said she wouldn't be here for Christmas and she was right, a few weeks later she had died. She wasn't terminally ill but she was ill and I think she knew she was going to die, and it was heart breaking for us. I think some people do know when they are going to die but I don't know whether it's because of religion, or whether they just know their own body or have that 'gut' feeling inside them. I'm sorry to hear of your situation. :hug:
     
  5. Adeline

    Adeline Well-Known Member

    I think that your Gran might instinctively know that her time is near. Maybe she has come to a point where she is accepting that her body is winding down and that she doesn't have long left. I don't know if everyone who has a terminal illness has that sort of insight....her religion probably has a huge part to play in it but it is very hard to know. I'm sorry to hear that she has an illness by the way.
     
  6. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    I've heard of many stories of this happening. hen my great Grandma was really old and sick, she was terrified of dying...REALLY terrified. Then just before she died, she got this really peaceful look on her face, said something about God and just died right there. I've also heard of people seeing angels and the like soon before they die.
     
  7. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    thank you all for your replies :hug:
     
  8. Terry

    Terry Antiquities Friend Staff Alumni

    I used to work on a terminal ward and no one who worked there walked away an atheist because of the stuff that happened with the patients :blink:
    Everyone seemed to know when their time was near and seemed to welcome it, but even odder was how many times it seemed that someone would come for them. Time and time again the dying person would look beyond us and start smiling as if they saw some long lost loved one or whatever that had come to collect them.
    the doctors took it so seriously that they took to photographing the patients retinas to see if any thing showed up. :unsure:

    But perhaps more startling than anything else was the happiness and kindness that seemed to pervade the whole ward, not something I saw or felt on wards where people got better.
     
  9. Esmeralda

    Esmeralda Well-Known Member

    That is AWESOME Terry! It must have been so hard working in a place like that. My neighbor is a pediatric oncologist and I don't know how he does it. It takes a special person I guess.
     
  10. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    :hug: Terry :hug:

    Nan is in a very bad way this morning and im too scared to say much more at the moment, sorry
     
  11. sam

    al I can say is - :hug:

    words can't say enough - just... :hug:
     
  12. *dilligaf*

    *dilligaf* Staff Alumni

    Golden - thanks :hug: :hug:
     
  13. lostcat95

    lostcat95 Guest

    "but even odder was how many times it seemed that someone would come for them. Time and time again the dying person would look beyond us and start smiling as if they saw some long lost loved one or whatever that had come to collect them.
    the doctors took it so seriously that they took to photographing the patients retinas to see if any thing showed up. :unsure: "

    Terry This is very interesting! How did the pictures show up and were there any other odd unexplained events
     
  14. ~Nobody~

    ~Nobody~ Well-Known Member

    I was talking to an elderly lady I work with, and she said the exact same thing happened when her husband died. She said he looked so happy and peaceful, his eyes just lit up. It does make you wonder, or at least it's comforting...
     
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