Cheryl is a poet, freelance writer, author, and former newspaper columnist. She has degrees in Psychology and Biblical studies
No one size fits all
The stories you are about to read are true. These are situations that I experienced myself or was told of. It is my personal belief that those who are near death who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior will do things that indicate to their loved ones they will soon be with Him. There is no one size fits all, but there are signs that may help you understand that the death of a loved one is near.
In June of 1993, my middle brother and I were at our mom's house one day. He was sitting at her dining room table and I was in the living room area. As we were talking I noticed that he looked shiny, or sweaty and I had this strong sense of sympathy towards him and an overwhelming urge to cry. Two weeks later my brother drowned but it would be years before I understood what I saw that day. In 1998 the pastor of the church I attended at the time told the congregation that his grandmother had a glow around her shortly before she passed away. About a month later, during an afternoon prayer service, I noticed a glow around one of the older Deaconess. I raised my hand to tell the pastor that she was glowing as he said his mother had, but he caught it on his own. He asked us if we saw that glow and he rebuked the spirit of death. This deaconess lived for 15 additional years. In that moment I realized I had seen death on my brother. In 2003 we were having a church meeting one Saturday and the pastor's parents came in and went to the front of the church. As the pastor's mother stood beside him I noticed she was glowing and I had a sad feeling inside. I did not recall the previous incidents but 3 weeks later she died. In August of 2004 as my pastor was preaching, I saw that glow around him and I was alarmed. I share it with my husband but could tell no one else because int his church you were taught to speak positive and speak life. Even so, a little over 2 months later, my pastor died suddenly at age 40.
The sights and sounds of heaven
When I was a child in elementary school, a much older cousin died of cancer. I heard family members saying that shortly before her death she said she heard beautiful music playing. Everyone said she was hearing the angelic choir welcoming her home. When our firstborn was 2, he told us 2 nights in a row that angels had been playing with him and told him they were coming to see Boobie, who was my husband's oldest brother. Boobie was hospitalized and on the third day after this occurrence he passed away. When my husband's aunt was in the hospital our youngest son drew a picture. He said it was his aunt in her hospital bed with angels standing at the foot. Three days later this aunt died in my sister in law's arms. This sister in law said that before she passed away, she had said that there were people in bright white standing at the foot of her bed. Our son had drawn an image of what his great aunt was experiencing. During the funeral of a friend of my husband, the brother of the deceased said he visited his sibling not long before he died and that he told him he had seen the glory of God. My husband and I were with his mother one night while she was hospitalized and she kept looking up towards the ceiling, nodding her head and pointing as if talking to someone. The very next day she died.
Preparing for death
About a month before my grandmother died, she began cleaning her bedroom and packing items away. She also put some of her clothes in garment bags. On February 3 my youngest son and I went to visit her and she asked me if her monthly check had come and I had paid her bills.I said yes, and the next morning she died. All of my life my grandma talked about people who died a day before their retirement check came and how the family did not get to use it. She waited until she knew we had that money and then she let go. One morning my youngest son began cleaning his room and stacking his shoes in pairs all around the room. I thought of my grandma and an alarming feeling came over me. I called a friend and asked her to pray because death was trying to take someone and it would not be anyone in my house. At 9:30 that night we got the call that my husband's next oldest brother had died of a heart attack. I believe the Lord can prepare the living as well as the dying for impending death. One of my cousins was ill and told her mother that joy comes in the morning and the next morning she passed away. her mom said that she had been restless for 3 days prior to her death. My mother had cancer that went to her brain and she lost the ability to communicate intelligently. One day out of nowhere she told me, "I'm not going to hell, I'm saved, I did not sell my soul to the devil. My mom went to church but never spoke openly about her faith in Christ and I was wondering where she was with the Lord. I believe this was my sign that she was heaven-bound. A few weeks later she began to have labored breathing for 3 mornings at around 5:30 AM and on the third morning, she died.
My mother began taking off her nightgown, screaming and cursing at us and became extremely restless about 10 days before she passed away. She kept trying to get out of the bed and it was exhausting taking care of her in this condition. The hospice workers said this was a sign that death is near. After she died, I spoke to a woman whose husband died of cancer 2 weeks after my mom. She shared that her spouse had been restless, trying to get out of bed, and undressing, just before he died. A few weeks after this my family visited with a woman who was hospitalized because of cancer. As we chatted with her family, she was paying with her gown, humming and seemingly in her own world. As we were heading home I told my husband that based on this woman's behavior, if God did not intervene, based on what Hospice had said, she would be dead in a week to 10 days. She died 8 days later. I hope these stories will help someone else to pay attention to the signs that a loved one might be about to transition to the afterlife.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Cheryl E Preston
Robert Odell Jr from Memphis, Tennessee on October 04, 2020:
Fascinating stories Cheryl. Death surely affects all of us.