A hospice nurse has shared the most common things that people say and right before they die, and she revealed that they often claim to see their dead relatives.
Julie McFadden, a registered nurse from Los Angeles, California, said her patients often tell her that they see their loved ones who have already passed on in their final moments, and that their deceased loved ones tell them things like, ‘We’re coming to get you soon,’ or, ‘Don’t worry, we’ll help you.’
Julie has worked in hospice care for more than five years after spending more than a decade working as an ICU nurse. She recently started sharing her knowledge and experience on TikTok, under the username @hospicenursejulie, and she has gained more than 430,000 followers and 3.6 million likes.
Hospice care is a type of health care that focuses on helping terminally ill patients reduce their pain and suffering, and attending to their emotional and spiritual needs at the end of life.
Julie is often around death due to her job, and she has decided to clear up some misconceptions around what happens to people’s bodies and minds when they die.
According to the nurse, it’s very common for dying patients to see their ‘dead relatives, dead friends, or old pets that have passed on’ during the last few weeks of their lives.
She said it happens so often that they put it in their ‘educational packets that they give to patients and their loved ones’ but that she can’t explain why this occurs.
‘This happens so often that we put it in our educational packets that we give to the patient and their loved ones so they understand what’s going on. But we don’t know why it happens and we can’t explain it,’ she said.
‘It usually happens a month or so before the patient dies. They start seeing dead relatives, dead friends, old pets that have passed on – spirits, angels, that are visiting them.
‘Only they can see and hear them. Sometimes it’s through a dream and sometimes they can physically see them and they’ll actually ask us, “Do you see what I’m seeing?”
Julie explained that the patients are ‘usually not afraid,’ but that they’re actually very ‘comforted’ by it.
She added: ‘They’re usually not afraid, it’s usually very comforting to them and they say they’re sending a message like, “We’re coming to get you soon,” or, “Don’t worry, we’ll help you.”
‘Most people love this, they’re very comforted by it, it’s not scary to them. But yeah, we can’t explain it and it happens all the time.’