The Lisa Smartt interview was excellent and very important for those involved with care of those in the process of dying. IC nurses, doctors, hospice aids as well as friends and relatives who attend or expect to be involved with an individual who will "pass on" shortly will benefit from listening to last night's "Final Words
" interview and thus it is highly recommended.
The first hour consists of the basic interview with Lisa while the second final hour involves call-in testimonies.
Some of the interesting points gleamed from the interview are:
- Children (particularly ages 2 to 3) seem to be able more so to be connected with the dying in terms of perception. These children seem to have a better ability to perceive apparitions and other phenomena that the dying seem to be perceiving or sensing. Further, such ability seems to diminish as children age.
- Quite often, dying individuals seem to be able to have, so to speak, a foot in each world (ie, this side and the "other side"). Sometimes so that they are able to exchange messages or communication between worlds.
- As such, Lisa speculates from her linguistic analytic experience that the dying process seems to activate or stimulate a region of the brain responsible for mysticism (or one's mystic side or abilities).
- Probably most common is that the dying seem to see that they are being greeted, accompanied or helped by pre-deceased relatives; also angels. It is here that small children often seem to say that they see or perceive them too. (Lisa told how, at the time of death one child watching looked up above the dying individual and exclaimed "look mommy, see all the birds
". Lisa believes these were angels.)
- Lisa has so far interviewed over 1000 people involving final word reports from dying individuals. Together with reports sent in, she has over 2000 reports with a significant number of them involving dying children.
- Lisa stated that the phenomenon of "passing on" is effectively never a bad experience. One of the most common expressions associated with leaving this world was observed to be an expression of "forgiveness
- Two types of events that are commonly occurring, but are enigmas cited by Lisa are: (1) that at the very final moments a comatose patient will become totally lucid and conversant, and (2) that they are able, even when being in and out of consciousness over many days, to develop a narrated story that is completed at the time of death. In the latter case, the story effectively is one of preparing for a journey (such as waiting for a bus or train to arrive on which they will finally board, then depart for/to the after life world).
Below is the link to the official YouTube C2C post of last night's interviews.
(Listening at least to the first hour of the Lisa Smartt interview is highly recommended.)
The Lisa Smartt "Final Words
" portion beings at 1:16:00
.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZNh-i4g6Nw Below is the official program summary Linguist, educator, and poet, Lisa Smartt, founded the Final Words Project in 2014, an ongoing study devoted to collecting and interpreting the mysterious language at the end of lives. In the latter half, she detailed how a person's end-of-life words often take on an eerie significance, giving tantalizing clues about the ultimate fate of the human soul, and pointing the way to a transcendent world beyond our own. Her interest in this area was sparked by her dying father, who was a skeptic, yet described seeing angels as he grew closer to death. She subsequently studied with Raymond Moody, who coined the term Near Death Experience, and has recently written about "shared death experiences."
One of the commonalities she found in dying people's vocalizations is that they seem to be having conversations with previously deceased relatives. There are also occasions of "terminal lucidity," she reported, when patients are completely unresponsive but then right before dying, they sit up and seem to be glowing, and share words of forgiveness. In one intriguing account, a 22-year old dying of cancer remarked "I know, I know. We agreed on twenty-two years this time." But when his minister asked "Agreed with whom?" the man had already slipped into unconsciousness. The dying may also use non-literal language, and more metaphoric or symbolic phrasing to describe their transitioning or other worldly experiences, she noted.
What LAST words reveal about life, death, and consciousness.http://www.finalwordsproject.org/
Words at the Threshold: What We Say as We're Nearing Deathhttps://www.amazon.com/Words-Threshold-What-Nearing-Death/dp/1608684601/ctoc