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Seeing the Invisible, Talking to the Air

Have you encountered these situations—with children or persons who are nearing death? I invite you to share your story. Here’s mine.


When my youngest child was about 3, I was concerned that he was lonely, eating by himself at his chunky plastic child’s table which was around the corner from the kitchen in an open area of the living room.


And so I called out, “Do you want some company? You can eat in the kitchen with me.”

He replied, “No, Mom, that’s okay. My angel is keeping me company.”


In that moment I remembered Amy Grant’s song, Angels, with its refrain: Angels watching over me/every move I make.


Similarly, for those who are approaching the end of life, there are thousands of reports about the dying seeing, hearing, talking with unseen-to-the-rest-of-us deceased relatives or religious figures, including angels.


Read additional stories in my book The Courage to Care: Being Fully Present with the Dying, which was awarded a First Place Gold in the Global Book Awards. https://amzn.to/3afdPFH.


I’d also recommend Peter and Elizabeth Fenwick’s The Art of Dying, New York: Continuum, 2008, and its compilation of more true occurrences at end of life.


Do you have a story to share? We’d love to hear it.




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